Raptors Have Positive Initial Conversation With Kawhi Leonard

Blazers have engaged Spurs in Kawhi Leonard trade talks: Report

Because if he doesn't, Lakers boss Magic Johnson certainly will.

The Spurs and Raptors agreed on a deal Wednesday sending Leonard to the Raptors - a team Leonard reportedly is less than thrilled to be joining. He averaged 16.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals in his 7-year stint in San Antonio.

Say what you will about the trade package - I do not think this is good for Toronto - but the Los Angeles Lakers will have to wait and hope that Leonard still wants to be a Laker after spending a season in Toronto. "He's been here quite a while and was a big part of what we do on and off the court", he said. As of Wednesday, the Spurs have granted Leonard's wish to be traded. That means the Raptors are entering into this deal knowing that they could have given up a star like DeRozan for someone who might not be in Toronto for long.

DeRozan clearly isn't happy.

"DeRozan gave everything to Toronto, everything they asked him to do from the standpoint of loyalty", Wade said.

"About two weeks ago, I sent him a picture when he was younger and he's dunking over somebody and his hair is all over, and it was kind of a hint like you know, you can keep doing this", Popovich said. He committed to them.

"Soon you'll understand", he added, before signing off for the night: "Don't disturb". It made no sense. Once teams got a chance to sniff around the situation and Kawhi's "agent" ... the price went down.

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Plus, the Lakers didn't have the sort of assets the Spurs would have wanted for an elite player like Leonard.

Leonard is entering the final season of his contract after playing in nine games last season. Two years later, the Indiana Pacers selected Kawhi Leonard 15th overall and immediately traded him to the San Antonio Spurs.

A 6-foot-3 guard with good lateral quickness and a nose for the ball, Thames projected as a potential defensive plus in the National Basketball Association but never quite rounded out his offensive game enough as a lead guard or off-ball threat to really get back on the radar, though he did appear in Summer League twice. Philadelphia did, too. But Toronto, to its credit, saw no reason why it shouldn't be bold this summer. Remember, Paul George was an All-Star in the East, and didn't make it in the West a year ago.

The Raptors are really good. And when, after sudden regular-season success was met with some early playoff struggles, it was easy to see the merit in Ujiri's decision to stick with his core group.

Can Leonard get them over the hump?

That's a player worth the risk.

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