National Basketball Association superstar Kawhi Leonard traded to Toronto

19 July, 2018, 08:38 | Author: Conrad Doyle
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Someone I've respected and watched play for awhile now.

The San Antonio Spurs reportedly agreed to trade Kawhi Leonard to the Toronto Raptors for a package that includes DeMar DeRozan, taking the Los Angeles Lakers permanently out of the equation.

Did the Spurs really think they could convince Kawhi to stay?

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The Kawhi Leonard saga in San Antonio is finally over. Leonard is a top-three talent when healthy, challenged only by Durant and LeBron James, and that kind of player can elevate a franchise from Eastern Conference also-ran to Finals contender overnight. As of Wednesday, the Spurs have granted Leonard's wish to be traded.

When the Raptors gave DeRozan a US$139-million contract before the 2016 season, it was an acknowledgement that they valued being a good team. No rebuilding for Pop. In any case, I thought I should pass it along, as Leonard has very few known associates and one of them just arrived in the city.

As NBA reporter David Aldridge tweeted, "Teams have to do what's in their interest". In the pre-draft process in 2014, Thames mentioned that he spoke with Leonard leading up to the draft, calling him "one of my good friends" and joking "We both kind of have the same personality but he's way more quieter than me".

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But things are still complicated as ESPN's Chris Haynes tweeted that Toronto is not necessarily where Leonard, who was expected to return to his hometown Los Angeles and play for the Lakers, wants to be. After the heart-breaks and sour endings, who would have the city's back? Can't trust them. Ain't no loyalty in this game. Sell you out quick for a little bit of nothing. "It's a business and you understand the business, but from a player standpoint, it just sucks".

Scroll down to see how players around the league, media members and the rest of #NBATwitter are reacting to today's trade.

Sources close to Kawhi Leonard are talking a big game in the dog days of the National Basketball Association offseason. Not out of the country. When he fired Casey, it was the first time the team president, who has led a charmed existence in Toronto, made a move that put much scrutiny squarely on himself.

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All of this speaks to the original point. Leonard demanded a trade earlier this summer and many teams called San Antonio to make a deal, with the Philadelphia 76ers being one of the most interested parties.

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