Nike Inc. has drafted a team of litigators from DLA Piper to respond to NBA star Kawhi Leonard’s claims that he should hold rights to the so-called Claw logo developed back when he was under contract with the shoe company.

Leonard’s lawyers at Sullivan & Worcester and Duckor Spradling Metzger & Wynne sued Nike in June while Leonard was in the midst of leading the Toronto Raptors past the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. He has since signed to play next season with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Leonard draft of "The Claw" logo. Leonard draft of “The Claw” logo.

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