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Kawhi Leonard Purchases Home in Toronto, Sues Nike Over Klaw Logo

After TrueHoops reported that Kawhi Leonard could re-sign with the Toronto Raptors on a short-term deal, Raptor fans were graced with another bit of big news.

The Klaw has purchased a home north of the border!

“We have heard he’s purchased a property in Toronto,” Michael Landsberg stated on TSN 1050. “We’ve heard this now from two different sources, indicating there’s something there.”

Leonard might be staying in Toronto after all!

In other news, Leonard is also suing Nike over a personal logo that the Raptors superstar claims the multi-billion dollar shoe industry fraudulently copyrighted and that he himself designed. The logo in question is his Klaw logo, for which “Leonard traced his notably large hand, and, inside the hand, drew stylized versions of his initials ‘KL’ and the number that he had worn for much of his career, ‘2.’”

It’s been a wild postseason for the California native, who when all is said and done could have the Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, and Nike on his list of playoff victims.

“In 2011, just after being drafted to the National Basketball Association (the ‘NBA’), Kawhi Leonard authored a unique logo that included elements that were meaningful and unique to him,” the nine-paged lawsuit read.”Several years later, as part of an endorsement deal with Nike, Leonard allowed Nike to use on certain merchandise the logo he created while Leonard continued to use the logo on non-Nike goods.

“Unbeknownst to Leonard and without his consent, Nike filed an application for copyright registration of his logo and falsely represented in the application that Nike had authored the logo. Leonard intends to use the logo on clothing lines, footwear, and on other products and, among other things, in connection with sports camps and charity functions, but Nike explicitly has objected to such uses”.

Leonard has turned into one of the bigger names on the New Balance roster.

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