Spurs and Raptors Finalize Swap of Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan

Kawhi Leonard Leaving Spurs

Kawhi Leonard Leaving Spurs

But ESPN reporter Chris Haynes revealed that Leonard has no desire to play in Toronto, where he is widely expected to play just one year before returning to his long-favoured destination of Southern California.

He does not have much choice, of course. Hopefully that will inspire Leonard, who is reportedly not too thrilled by the trade.

For the Raptors, the sell job starts now. Fans and teams will point to Kevin Durant's decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign with the Golden State Warriors team that eliminated them in the seven-game 2016 Western Conference finals.

Now Leonard is finally getting traded and nobody is getting what they wanted. Which could mean there's a small chance the Raps pull out of the deal. I'd expect that line to move further tomorrow, as the conference and division lines were very slow to react to today's news.

He continued: "You might take a step back in terms of wasting this year of his prime but if you can sit there and say, 'I've got LeBron James; he's not quite what he was a year ago, fair, but I've got Kawhi in his prime".

In this May 3 file photo, Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan reacts at the end of a playoff loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. On Wednesday, I caught word that he'd arrived in Toronto on a flight, and I began trying to piece things together. San Antonio was not interested in a pick-heavy trade package that the Boston Celtics could offer, and the Spurs' brass was not willing to acquiesce to Leonard's demand to be dealt to a Los Angeles team, either the Lakers or Clippers. In the span of a month, all of them backed off. They'd be a longshot to land Leonard, but if he doesn't stay in Toronto or land in L.A., they'd provide a comfortable situation for him.

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Alexander is also counting on the fan base to show Leonard what he's been missing. He's spent time in Spain, Macedonia, Israel, Greece, and New Zealand, adding a Macedonian championship to the Mountain West Player of the Year on his trophy shelf. He was last there in 2015-16 with Fort Wayne, who still hold his rights. The Raptors locked down what they had, and if some things broke their way they just might be great.

This is likely nothing.

We made a decision to lay out the different possibilities and ramifications if Leonard decides not to play for the Raptors.

Leonard probably isn't happy, but he nearly certainly can't run the risk of sitting out another year. But the trouble with Leonard is, nobody really knows what he wants, other than to be a Laker.

It's been an emotional day on Raptors social media.

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