Spurs, Raptors closing in on deal for trade involving Leonard, DeRozan

Spurs, Raptors closing in on deal for trade involving Leonard, DeRozan

He was a regular starter nearly right away and soon became an anchor on the team, which has made five straight playoff appearances but been unable to get to the NBA Finals.

Leonard doesn't want to play in Toronto, ESPN reported, but stands to make $20 million next season and seems to have no health concerns, indicating he might attend the United States of America national team camp next week in Las Vegas.

When trading a player of Leonard's caliber, the team very rarely gets equal value in return. Popovich, who is coaching Team USA in next year's FIBA World Cup in China and in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, will undoubtedly be there; whether the two players are, particularly in light of this trade potentially happening, remains to be seen.

In a story posted to his Instagram account Wednesday morning, DeRozan, who was reportedly told earlier in the summer he would not be traded, wrote, "Be told one thing & the outcome another".

The Spurs medical staff cleared Leonard to return to the team but the 27-year-old forward received a second opinion from his own doctors that said he needed more rehabilitation. San Antonio initially rebuked the Lakers' efforts to begin trade talks, then grew more receptive but with the caveat of asking for a significant haul in exchange for Leonard. This isn't likely a case of signing an injured DeMarre Carroll, and expensively whiffing on free agency. Now that Leonard is officially a member of the Toronto Raptors, the Raptors will begin a year-long recruiting pitch in an attempt to keep him in the north long-term.

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While the impact Kawhi Leonard will ultimately have on the Toronto Raptors ability to win the National Basketball Association title won't be known for a while, Wednesday's trade has already vastly improved their betting odds to lift the Larry O'Brien trophy. As of Wednesday, the Spurs have granted Leonard's wish to be traded.

The Raptors take on Leonard, who they must convince to stick around past the 2018-19 season.

The Raptors are rolling the dice Leonard is healthy and willing to re-sign to stay in Toronto beyond this season.

What if Kawhi just never reports to Toronto?

However, he played only nine games last season with a right quad injury. "It's a gamble, but Toronto is probably at the point where, 'We've probably only got one more run with this team anyhow so let's mix it up.' And if they have to rebuild or retool, they could do it without the [$83] million they owe DeRozan". Gregg Popovich will make him better because great coaches do that.

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