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Knicks brass see Kawhi Leonard jab as validation of meeting pass

The Knicks were shut out on their Western trip and appeared to be shot down by a comment made last weekend in Los Angeles by Kawhi Leonard. Leonard told New York reporters he did not consider the Knicks a free-agent option during this past offseason. Knicks brass, however, did not consider Leonard’s comment a blow. In fact, it only confirmed the decision to pass on a meeting with the 2019 Finals MVP that would have taken place four days into free agency. The Post reported then that the Knicks considered themselves extreme long shots for Leonard. When they found out a meeting couldn’t take place until after he met with the Lakers, Clippers and Raptors, they decided to move on and sign players to fill their $70 million worth of cap ...