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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Details of Kawhi Leonard-DeMar DeRozan trade revealed

Kawhi Leonard

The Spurs have agreed to a trade with the Raptors that will send Kawhi Leonard to Toronto and DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Raptors will get Danny Green in addition to Leonard while the Spurs receive DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 first-round pick.

The trade doesn’t sound like a bad one for either side, but there is obviously a ton of risk involved for Toronto. It is basically a known fact at this point that Leonard wants to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes a free agent next summer, and reports have said he has no desire to play in Toronto. The Raptors are obviously hoping they can convince Leonard to stay like the Oklahoma City Thunder did with Paul George, but that will not be easy.

Fans are convinced that Leonard has no intention of re-signing with the Raptors after next season, and that has resulted in some hilarious reactions on social media. If Toronto ends up losing Leonard next summer when they had DeRozan under contract for at least two more years and an actual chance to sign him to an extension, they’ll likely regret the Leonard trade.

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