Raptors acquire Leonard from the Spurs

The Spurs have traded Kawhi Leonard to the Raptors for a package that includes DeMar DeRozan

Brayton Wilson
July 18, 2018 - 7:20 am

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The San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors made a big trade on Wednesday, one that will send forward Kawhi Leonard to Toronto.

The deal is Leonard and guard Danny Green heading to the Raptors in exchange for guard DeMar DeRozan, center Jakob Poeltl, and a protected first round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Leonard, 27, has spent the last seven seasons in San Antonio, playing in 407 games while averaging 16.3 points per-game. Leonard was a NBA All-Star in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 season, averaging 23.4 points per-game and shooting 49.5-percent from the field. Last year, Leonard played in just nine games due to complications with a right quadriceps injury.

This offseason, Leonard reportedly requested a trade from San Antonio after growing tired of how the team handled his quad injury. When he made the trade request, Leonard had reportedly made it known that he wanted to be dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Earlier in the day, league sources had informed both ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Chris Haynes that Leonard and DeRozan are aware of a possible agreement, but that neither are expressing enthusiasm for the deal.

Another league source had informed Haynes that the Raptors brass met with DeRozan in Las Vegas this summer and informed him that he would not be traded.

DeRozan has three years and $83 million left on his contract, while Leonard is set to become a free agent next summer.

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