While teams scouting upcoming free agents is not unusual, Windhorst reports that those keeping an eye on Leonard have included Clippers president Lawrence Frank, which is rare for a high-level executive.
The Clippers are expected to mount a significant free-agent pitch to Leonard if he opts out of his contract next summer. Los Angeles is set to have two max contract slots and up to $50 million in salary cap space.
Some executives also told Windhorst the Clippers should use one of their max slots on Tobias Harris, whose contract expires after the season. Harris arrived in L.A. via the Blake Griffin trade and is having a career year in his eighth NBA season.
Leonard was born and raised in Los Angeles before attending college in San Diego.