San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors finalizing deal involving Kawhi Leonard, DeMar DeRozan

San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors finalizing deal involving Kawhi Leonard, DeMar DeRozan

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Kawhi Leonard is headed to the Toronto Raptors in a trade that will shakeup their roster.

Even though losing a player of Leonard's caliber (top three in the league when healthy) is hard, the Spurs got a four-time All-Star in DeRozan in return. Although Leonard still seems adamant about playing in Los Angeles, Leonard in Philadelphia would have likely catapulted the 76ers to the NBA Finals.

Kawhi Leonard got part of his wish in that he was traded out of San Antonio, but his camp has been making it abundantly clear that he only wants to play for the Lakers or Clippers.

In a story posted to his Instagram account Wednesday morning, DeRozan, who was reportedly told earlier in the summer he would not be traded, wrote, "Be told one thing & the outcome another". "Can't trust em. Ain't no loyalty in this game".

DeRozan, meanwhile, has three years and $83 million left on his contract, which includes an early-termination option for the 2020-21 season. But you have to give up something to get something, and you can understand the allure of acquiring Leonard, a bonafide superstar... provided he doesn't leave them high and dry.

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Leonard's contract expires following next season, making him one of the biggest targets in the 2019 free-agent class.

Towards the end of their time together in San Antonio, Leonard and Popovich's relationship became so strained that everyone sort of knew that their one-on-one meeting in the summer wasn't going to fix something that was well beyond repair. Both players have spent their entire National Basketball Association careers with those respective franchises, but today they've swapped places. 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 Leonard and the Spurs, there's finally closure to a relationship that obviously was fractured beyond fix and devolved into a soap opera as the season went along.

"But in no way, shape or form does it do any good to go back in time and talk about A, B or C", Popovich emphasized. George and his agent have said publicly if the Thunder hadn't risked trading for him in 2017, Oklahoma City's chances at getting a free agency meeting with George would have been low. The Raptors finished first in the Eastern Conference with a 59-23 record last season but were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the playoffs.

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