Kawhi Leonard Traded To Toronto Raptors

Jo Caldwell
July 19, 2018

"Kawhi obviously worked very hard to become the player he is and our staff worked very hard to help him get there and we wish him all the best as he moves on to Toronto", Popovich said.

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.

Towards the end of their time together in San Antonio, Leonard and Popovich's relationship became so strained that everyone sort of knew that their one-on-one meeting in the summer wasn't going to fix something that was well beyond repair. Well, the big National Basketball Association blockbuster Wednesday involving San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard and Toronto's DeMar DeRozan has great balance.

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"Mad respect for @DeMar DeRozan a classy player who has given his heart to a franchise ..."

Leonard was dealt to the Raptors in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a top-20 protected first-round pick earlier Wednesday. A Los Angeles native, Leonard will earn $20.1 million in Toronto in 2018-19. The 2014 NBA Finals MVP played just nine games with the Spurs this past season while battling an array of injuries, and has reportedly expressed a lack of interest in joining the Raptors.

However, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Leonard is warming to the idea of playing for the Raptors this season. DeRozan will nearly certainly give San Antonio more next year than Leonard gave the Spurs last year.

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"DeRozan gave everything to Toronto, everything they asked him to do from the standpoint of loyalty", Wade said. Due $20.09 million this season, he already declined a five-year, $219 million super-max extension from the Spurs. "Kawhi was a great teammate all the way through".

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One of the people says the Spurs also are sending Danny Green to the Raptors as part of the deal. "Are they going to buy in?" the talent guy said.

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