Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Woj: Eyeing Kawhi, Suns among teams who’ve talked with Spurs

Woj: Eyeing Kawhi, Suns among teams who’ve talked with Spurs

There are still a lot of complications here, namely that Leonard reportedly doesn't want to play in Toronto. Leonard stopped going to games late in the regular season and was not on the bench for any of the team's five playoff games against champion Golden State in the first round.

In an Instagram story posted early Wednesday morning, DeRozan seemed to indicate what sources had told The Washington Post previously: that he and his camp had been told he wouldn't be traded this summer. Consequently, he also collected his first Finals MVP plum before winning two consecutive Defensive Player of the Year awards in the following seasons.

"With DeMar coming to San Antonio, I couldn't be happier", he said.

James's decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and sign a four-year, $153 million contract with the Lakers was undoubtedly the biggest of the off-season, but Wednesday's trade is a close second. 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.

At 3:18 AM ET on Wednesday morning, Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania reported that a big-time blockbuster National Basketball Association trade is in the works. If the Raptors are intent on keeping Serge Ibaka in the lineup, they could experiment with Leonard playing the two.

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DeRozan, drafted by Toronto in 2009, had played all of his past 9 seasons north of the border and both player and city have grown an affinity toward one another. The NBA is a ruthless multi-billion dollar operation that will always put the individual needs of players last, if the players themselves fail to seize their own destiny. DeRozan, 28, averaged 23.0 points and had a 21.10 Player Efficiency Rating for Toronto in 2017-18.

That number is likely larger, but it's nonetheless notable for a sluggishly-moving situation for the Spurs, who have not received impressive-enough offers for their swingman with one year left on his contract and a reported expectation he would like to join the Los Angeles Lakers.

The arrival of Leonard in Toronto, however, is not without its risks. "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".

"Kawhi conducted himself wonderfully while he was here", Popovich said. Then they added Danny Green, so they got some experience, some winning but both guys are on the past year of their deals.

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