TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 29: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors dribbles the ball as Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors defends during the second half of an NBA game at Scotiabank Arena on November 29, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

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ESPN: Clippers Planning to Lure Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant to LA

Los Angeles has cleared a path to open up a pair of maximum salary slots.

One of the surprises of the NBA at 17-10, the Los Angeles Clippers are not content with their roster and are planning to go after some high-priced free agents this offseason.

Specifically, according to an ESPN report, Kevin Durant AND Kawhi Leonard.

The Clippers are so “transparently obsessed” on bringing in both All-Star players that they are treating them like “college recruits” and have been sending team executives to watch Durant and Leonard in person so the players know they are serious.

In fact, Raptors officials have noticed a Clippers employee watching Leonard at around 75 percent of the team’s games this season.

That sort of action is just the type of thing owner Steve Ballmer has been encouraging in recent years. That encouragement has led to everything from the trade of Blake Griffin to the aggressive recruitment of rookie point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander prior to the NBA draft.

“Ballmer’s vision is to land Leonard or Durant — or both, as long as they’re swinging for the fences — and then ride them to glory and a new arena in Inglewood that could turn the Clippers into one of the premier franchises in the league,” according to ESPN. “Could any of this actually happen? Don’t know. But boy are the Clippers really trying to find out.”

Read the full story at ESPN