Raptors to acquire Leonard and Green for DeRozan, Poeltl, and a 1st

Kawhi Leonard Leaving Spurs

Leonard is a free agent in the summer of 2019 and can then sign anywhere he wants.

If Leonard was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers it would be a completely different story.

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 healthy, Leonard is a better player than DeRozan, a generational two-way talent rather than just a very good wing. There were rumblings in the immediate aftermath of the trade getting reported that Leonard didn't like his eventual destination, and according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, things might be worse than anyone could have anticipated.

Assuming Leonard intends to only play in Toronto one season, is it worth it for the Raptors to go all-in to acquire him?

"I've got Brandon Ingram coming up in his prime and the Kuzmas and the Balls and the Harts". This isn't likely a case of signing an injured DeMarre Carroll, and expensively whiffing on free agency. Considering that Toronto traded an All-Star guard for him in DeRozan, this is a risky move.

Green averaged 9.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 520 games for the Spurs, helping them to the 2014 crown after starting his National Basketball Association career in Cleveland. The pairing of James and Leonard in Los Angeles could be the NBA's best chance at challenging coach Steve Kerr's Warriors for the Larry O'Brien Trophy. After repeatedly falling short in the postseason, the Raptors are hoping Leonard can put them over the top. He played in nine games for the Spurs last season and was barely a factor.

Wojnarowski tweeted after the initial ESPN report that the "trade is larger on both sides, and players are still being informed of their inclusion in the deal". 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. Oklahoma City was able to convince George to stay with the Thunder instead of joining the Lakers like he had originally planned.

Because we don't know.

The report indicates that the Blazers' trade package did not include either of their star guards, Damian Lillard or CJ McCollum.

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".

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