Finally, the Spurs and Raptors are doing a trade for Kawhi Leonard, according to ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski and Chris Haynes. The focus of the exchange is DeMar DeRozan, who reacts extremely badly on the morning of Wednesday via the change of mail to Instagram. Woynarowski also says that Kyle Lowry "does not express enthusiasm for the deal." Chris Haynes of ESPN reports that Leonard also "does not feel like playing in Toronto".
None of the stars seem to agree with this move, and it's not yet clear who else will be involved in this deal
The organization Leonard and Spurs has been struggling for almost a year now, and since its first quadriceps injury in the summer of 201
DeMar DeRozan does not seem to take the trade well and writes on Instagram: "Saying something and the result is another one I can not trust them Is not loyalty in this game Sell yourself fast for a little bit Nothing … Soon you will understand … Please do not disturb. "Recently he had deleted all his pictures from the app.
But that's undeniable, if Leonard's well, the Raptors got better at a time when the Eastern Conference is as open as it has lately been remembered when LeBron James moved west. The Spurs stay fine too. It is one thing that both sides now gain the trust of their newly acquired stars, making this step on both sides risky.
Why this trade makes sense for the Raptors
If there was ever a time for Toronto It was now, not only after James left, not only after he fired Coach of the Year Dwane Casey, but because Leonard had one of the best talents that will ever be available in the trading market. If he is healthy, he is a top 5 player or better player in the league.
With the window of Kyle Lowry, who is 32 years old, a smaller market like Toronto had to make this move more desperate than other teams in the game. They did that.
With Leonard in the series, there's a realistic shot at an NBA Finals appearance, and no longer should this team be swept in the postseason.
Why this trade makes sense for the Spurs
San Antonio has neither the culture nor the staff to armor. Popovich is in his final years of coaching, and LaMarcus Aldridge is in his prime. The Spurs could still make the playoffs!
A deal with another superstar would always be favorable, and DeRozan is a solid return for Leonard, given the circumstances of his unknown injury AND his questionable desire to stay with his team after one year on his contract. He was reportedly interested in somehow finding his way to Lakers.
Reports were also gone from the table, and Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne reported that the Sixers were not offering Mark Fultz, the Celtics did not trade with Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown, and the Lakers were confident that they would be Leonard in the year Leave a free agency in 2019 instead of losing talent now. The deal with Toronto seems to be the best way to reach San Antonio's goals, win now and build for the future.
Given the situation for San Antonio, this is an impressive win and a bold move that could pay off for Toronto. The Eastern Conference is open, and the Raptors have just come into play to take over.