Report: Spurs, Raptors agree to Kawhi-DeRozan trade
NBA.com Global on Jul 18, 2018 08:34 PM
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The Kawhi Leonard saga has apparently reached its long-anticipated conclusion.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs have agreed to a trade that will send Raptors star guard DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio for Leonard. Per Turner Sports' David Aldridge and Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania, Leonard has been informed he has been traded to Toronto.
Wojnarowski reports that Spurs veteran Danny Green is headed to the Raptors with Leonard while the Spurs will get DeRozan, center Jakob Poeltl and a protected first-round pick in 2019:
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.
A trade call with the teams and the NBA league office is scheduled to begin shortly.
Toronto and San Antonio have been talking about the trade for two weeks, and several incarnations of packages have been discussed, league sources said. Sources close to DeRozan told ESPN's Chris Haynes that DeRozan met with Toronto officials in Las Vegas during summer league and was told he would not be traded.
Assuming Leonard passes his physical, a source tells Aldridge a long-term stay in Toronto past the 2018-19 season is going to be "a very tough sell."
As word of the trade circulated the NBA social media atmosphere early this morning, DeRozan took to Instagram and posted a story there that read: "Be told one thing & the outcome another. Ain't no loyalty in this game. Sell you out for a quick bit of nothing ... Soon you'll understand ... Don't disturb."
As reports involving the Raptors possibly trading DeMar DeRozan for Kawhi Leonard escalate, here is DeMar’s IG story: pic.twitter.com/Wbb72mw0qR— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) July 18, 2018
Aldridge reports (via Twitter) that DeRozan is not backing off his claim that Toronto lied to him.
Meanwhile, @DeMar_DeRozan not backing off of claim he was lied to by Toronto regarding a potential trade, per source. Extremely upset.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 18, 2018
News of the reported deal broke early Wednesday (Wednesday, PHL time) as the teams reportedly engaged in serious talks involving the Raptors acquiring the two-time Kia Defensive Player of the Year and former NBA Finals MVP Leonard.
The details of the trade were still being worked out early Wednesday, but centered on Leonard and DeRozan. Here's more from Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania on the parameters of the trade:
The San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors are engaged in serious talks on a trade centered around Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Talks between the Spurs and Raptors have intensified in recent days, league sources said. The potential deal would bring Leonard, one of the NBA’s top players when healthy, to Toronto and send an All-NBA and All-Star caliber player in DeRozan to the Spurs. For key figures involved in the deal, it is believed only a snag in final discussions could prevent completion, league sources said
From the moment Leonard made clear his desire for a trade out of San Antonio, the Spurs have taken a patient, deliberate approach to finding a resolution. Several teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers, emerged as suitors, but most NBA executives believed the Raptors presented the best potential current and future package.
Leonard is scheduled to enter free agency in 2019 and has no intention to commit to Toronto long-term, league sources said. DeRozan also has expressed displeasure toward a possible move, becoming aware of the possibility late Tuesday night, league sources said.
Per Haynes (via Twitter), Leonard reportedly has no desire to play in Toronto. Yahoo Sports' Jordan Schultz reports (via Twitter) that the Raptors are hesitant to include young swingman OG Agunoby in any possible Leonard-DeRozan swaps. Turner Sports' David Aldridge reports (via Twitter) that the Raptors are well aware of the risks involved in trading for Leonard:
Kawhi Leonard has no desire to play in Toronto, league source tells ESPN.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 18, 2018
Sources: The #Raptors have been hesitant to include prized young prospect OG Anunoby in the potential Kawhi Leonard deal. It's unclear however, if including Anunoby is a deal-breaker for the #Spurs. https://t.co/JzfUE5zMb0— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) July 18, 2018
Raptors know the risks involved with potential Kawhi Leonard acquisition, given his preference for playing in L.A. But they have great faith in their young players going forward regardless of what Leonard decides to do in 2019.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 18, 2018
DeRozan has spent his entire career with the Raptors (2010-18), emerging as one of the top guards in the Eastern Conference. Since making his first of his four career All-Star berths in 2013-14, DeRozan has averaged 23.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game in that span. He was named to the All-NBA second team this season and was All-NBA third team in 2016-17.
Last season, he averaged 23.4 ppg while improving a key facet of his game by hitting a career-high 89 3-pointers. He has three years and and $83 million left on his contract, including an Early Termination Option for the 2020-21 season.
Leonard's future has been a subject of league-wide fascination ever since it was first reported he wanted to leave the only team for which he has played. Despite attempts by the Spurs -- including a try by coach Gregg Popovich -- to mend the relationship, Leonard and his camp have steadfastly maintained their distance as the offseason has worn on.