Kawhi Leonard Traded To Toronto Raptors


That's no disrespect to San Antonio - the Spurs are a model franchise and Gregg Popovich is a coach nearly anyone would want to play for - but DeRozan rather would have stayed in Toronto. Yahoo Sports' Jordan Schultz reports (via Twitter) that the Raptors are hesitant to include young swingman OG Agunoby in any possible Leonard-DeRozan swaps.

The deal is risky for Toronto because, depending on what happens next summer, the Raptors may have given up their top scorer, DeRozan, for a one-year rental on Leonard.

Both DeRozan and Leonard are scheduled to appear in Las Vegas next week at a USA Basketball training camp - one that will be led by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Executive Masai Ujiri is moving forward with the trade with the determination to convince Leonard to resign with the Raptors when he becomes a free agent next summer. Both the Lakers and Clippers expressed interest in Leonard this season, but could not come to an agreement with the Spurs. He added 5.8 rebounds in 33.4 minutes while shooting.485 (636/1,311) from the floor, .381 (147/386) from beyond the arc and a personal-best.880 (469/533) from the free-throw line. While the Spurs cleared him to play, Leonard never felt comfortable, and the gap between the two sides only seemed to widen.

Instead, the Celtics offered up a "pick-heavy" package to San Antonio, according to ESPN. That was allegedly the tipping point for Leonard.

Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the Denver Nuggets on January 13, 2018, at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. DeRozan, who signed a five-year deal worth $139 million to remain a Raptor in 2016, has said repeatedly that he hopes to retire in Toronto, the only city he's ever played in since being drafted ninth overall by the Raptors in 2009. He opted into his $10 million salary for the 2018-19 season in June.

Green's inclusion also ends his eight-year stay with the Spurs.

Meanwhile, a exasperated DeRozan has three years and $83 million left on his contract. The Raptors finished first in the Eastern Conference with a 59-23 record last season but were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the playoffs. But they know they're not good enough to win a title, and while they stopped short of blowing up the team they sure gave the foundation a couple of good thwacks with a wrecking ball in dumping Casey and trading DeRozan.