For the past few months, Kawhi Leonard has made things impossible for the San Antonio Spurs when he requested a trade to the Lakers. The Spurs eventually were able to trade Leonard to the Raptors despite Kawhi making it clear that he didn’t want to play in Toronto.
The San Antonio Spurs have agreed to trade Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick, league sources tell ESPN.
Toronto’s first-round pick to San Antonio is a protected 1-20 selection. After one year, it becomes two second-round picks.
Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri is taking a significant risk in pursuing the trade. Ujiri will make the deal with a determination that he can sell Leonard on re-signing with the Raptors next summer in free agency, sources said. Toronto would be able to offer Leonard a five-year, $190 million contract next summer. If Leonard left the Raptors, he could sign a four-year, $141 million deal with a team with the available salary-cap space.
The Internet thought it was pretty funny that Popovich would send Leonard a different country rather than to trade him to LA.