With all that said, Leonard is still sending signals he wants to be a Laker.
DeRozan's immediate reaction - after reportedly being informed during a meeting with team brass at Vegas Summer League he would not be traded - was not positive.
GETTYKawhi Leonard was traded to the Toronto Raptors
Early morning Wednesday, DeRozan posted some vague messaging to his Instagram account that would suggest a trade could be imminent. His slow recovery from it led to a rift between he and the team, but the Spurs could be retaining hope they can convince Leonard to return to play in San Antonio next season. With Leonard on the shelf, the Spurs took a step back last season, finishing seventh in the Western standings and failing to win 50 games during a full campaign for the first time since 1997. This isn't likely a case of signing an injured DeMarre Carroll, and expensively whiffing on free agency.
"DeRozan gave everything to Toronto, everything they asked him to do from the standpoint of loyalty", Wade said. Sporting News' Sean Devenney reported on Wednesday that there is a chance Leonard would sit out with the Raptors to avoid playing in Toronto.
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It certainly got a reaction, with one Facebook user commenting: "I'm a United fan but Pogba can f*** off for that". During the period both players were on screen, Matuidi is heard telling Pogba to come back to Juventus.
Leonard, a 6-foot-7 small forward, has averaged 16.3 points and 6.2 rebounds over his seven seasons with the Spurs. While the Spurs cleared him to play, Leonard never felt comfortable, and the gap between the two sides only seemed to widen.
You sometimes see players hold out from training camp during contract negotiations, but refusing to play for a team entirely has rarely been seen in recent National Basketball Association history, particularly by such a prominent star. Perhaps, with a more inventive coach in Nick Nurse, and the young players a year older, and DeRozan and Lowry more comfortable in their ball-movement offence, the Raptors might have been great. Gasol is nearing 40, however, and has a partially guaranteed contract for the 2019-20 season, so the team potentially acquired insurance for this.
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Despite the acquisition of a superstar for the Raptors, every piece of analysis on the trade includes one major asterisk: "if he's healthy". If you love sports, know digital sales, and can throw your weight behind an aggressive commission based opportunity than we would love to talk to you. Paired with LaMarcus Aldridge, Dejounte Murray, and the always solid role-playing core with the Spurs, they are in the playoff mix in the middle of a brutal West. DeRozan has two seasons guaranteed at $27.7 million, with a player option for a third season after that.
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