We get to listen about the potential trade of Kawhi Leonard pretty often. According to sources, the Toronto Raptors traded star guard DeMar DeRozan to the Spurs for Kawhi Leonard. He’s a two-time Kia Defensive Player of the Year and Finals MVP winner. Danny Green also joined the Raptors, and the Spurs got DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and another protected first-round pick in 2019.
“Toronto’s first-round pick to San Antonio is a protected 1-20 selection. After one year, it becomes two second-round picks. Toronto and San Antonio have been talking about the trade for two weeks, and several incarnations of packages have been discussed, league sources said. Sources close to DeRozan told ESPN’s Chris Haynes that
DeRozan met with Toronto officials in Las Vegas during summer league and was told he would not be traded,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski explained.
Sources say that the long-term stay in Toronto after the 2018-19 season fro Kawhi will be “a very tough sell.”
“Be told one thing & the outcome another. Ain’t no loyalty in this game. Sell you out for a quick bit of nothing … Soon you’ll understand … Don’t disturb,” DeRozan wrote in his Instagram post.
We don’t have much info on the trade details, but the main focus was on Leonard and DeRozan.
“Talks between the Spurs and Raptors have intensified in recent days, league sources said. The potential deal would bring Leonard, one of the NBA’s top players when healthy, to Toronto and send an All-NBA and All-Star caliber player in DeRozan to the Spurs. For key figures involved in the deal, it is believed only a snag in final discussions could prevent completion, league sources said. From the moment Leonard made clear his desire for a trade out of San Antonio, the Spurs have taken a patient, deliberate approach to finding a resolution. Several teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers, emerged as suitors, but most NBA executives believed the Raptors presented the best potential current and future package,” Shams Charania explained.
Good luck, Kawhi Leonard!