LOOK: Lakers fans put up #KaWhyNot billboards in Manila

Filipino Lakers fans show how much they want to see Kawhi Leonard in the purple and gold

#KAWHYNOT. Filipino LA Lakers fans join the NBA free agency frenzy, urging 2019 Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard to join the Los Angeles franchise through a billboard along EDSA near Ortigas on July 1, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – How badly do you want Kawhi Leonard to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers?

Filipino Lakers fans set up multiple billboards with the hashtag “#KaWhyNot” as they lobbied for the 2019 NBA Finals MVP to join the purple and gold.

The billboards can be spotted along EDSA and España boulevard in Manila. 

EXCITED. Lakers fans lobby for Kawhi Leonard to sign with the purple and gold with a billboard along España boulevard in Manila. Photo from Carlo Singson's Instagram (@singsoncarlonba)

Los Angeles native Leonard could land with the Lakers, who still have enough room for one more max player despite having Anthony Davis and LeBron James. 

The Lakers have been quiet in the action-packed NBA free agency, fuelling the excitement of fans with Leonard signing. 

D’Angelo Russell was denied of a Lakers reunion when the Brooklyn Nets traded him to the Golden State Warriors on the wake of acquiring the trio of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and DeAndre Jordan. 

Patrick Beverley, who was also targetted by the Lakers, reportedly re-signed with the Los Angeles Clippers on a $40-million, three-year deal. 

Leonard nabbed the 2019 NBA Finals MVP plum after leading the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA championship. – Rappler.com