Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

Surprise Eastern Conference Contender ‘Finalizing’ Trade for Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard Kawhi Leonard was traded to the Toronto Raptors in a sensational move yesterday
Ginger Lopez | 19 July, 2018, 05:55

Disgruntled Spurs forward Leonard was traded for All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan, center Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick with Danny Green also headed to Canada.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Chris Haynes of ESPN, the Toronto Raptors are "finalizing" a trade with the San Antonio Spurs to acquire superstar Kawhi Leonard.

Kawhi Leonard has no desire to play in Toronto, league source tells ESPN. The Raptors take a shot at a ring and winning Leonard over to their team, if that fails and he bolts they start a rebuild (they also didn't give up young players they really like such as OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam). Ujiri will make the deal with a determination that he can sell Leonard on re-signing with the Raptors next summer in free agency, sources said. He's already indicating that he isn't excited about playing even a single season for the Raptors.

DeRozan was named to the 2018 All-NBA Second Team after averaging 23.0 points, 5.2 assists and 3.9 rebounds in 33.9 minutes in 80 games last season with Toronto. San Antonio initially rebuked the Lakers' efforts to begin trade talks, then grew more receptive but with the caveat of asking for a significant haul in exchange for Leonard.

Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard is a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and two-time All Star

Green averaged 9.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 520 games for the Spurs, helping them to the 2014 crown after starting his National Basketball Association career in Cleveland. During the 2016-17 season, he averaged a career-best 25.5 points and was third in the MVP voting.

DeRozan's immediate reaction - after reportedly being informed during a meeting with team brass at Vegas Summer League he would not be traded - was not positive. 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.

The contrast in the two contract situations is major and illustrates the risk the Raptors may accept. DeRozan is under contract each of the next three seasons at almost $28 million per season. The five-year, $221 million supermax contract did not work, so the organization found what they perceived to be their best offer and moved in another direction.

The Raptors now will hope he'll reconsider a year from now - just as Paul George did in re-signing with Oklahoma City after being traded there last summer following him issuing a similar demand to the Indiana Pacers. The discussion of if you can win a championship in the Warriors Era with Westbrook as your centerpiece will wage on, but the Thunder can't afford to let stars walk.




Recommended

Joe Root causes a stir with cocky century celebration Joe Root causes a stir with cocky century celebration The Indian skipper, who had reached his 48th ODI half-century off 55 balls, looked stunned at the turn Rashid had generated. He was drafted in after Jason Roy was a doubt after suffering a finger injury during England's win at Lord's on Saturday.

Alisson close to Liverpool Alisson close to Liverpool Their opening bid of £44M, however, falls well short of Roma's valuation and has left Liverpool at the front of the queue. Liverpool had been deterred from pursing that interest at the start of the summer by Roma's asking price.

Elon Musk calls Thai cave rescuer pedophile, might face legal action Elon Musk calls Thai cave rescuer pedophile, might face legal action The company's managing director tweeted:"All it takes is a public apology Mr Musk and i will reverse our decision". A spokesperson for Tesla declined to comment when Business Insider inquired about the political donations.

Unai Emery announces Arsenal squad for 2018 ICC in Singapore Unai Emery announces Arsenal squad for 2018 ICC in Singapore The Gunners will be joined out in Asia by some more of their big names, including Germany global Mesut Ozil. And I want him to relax good, and I want when he comes back with us, to start good with a good mentality.

'Open Treason': Trump slammed by media, everywhere but Russian Federation 'Open Treason': Trump slammed by media, everywhere but Russian Federation As Trump was declaring his "full faith and support" for USA intelligence agencies, the lights in the Cabinet Room went dark. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier Tuesday he wouldn't critique Trump's appearance with Putin.

Fact check: Trump almost alone in Russian Federation meddling doubts Fact check: Trump almost  alone in Russian Federation  meddling doubts The Republican rebuke from Capitol Hill came largely from those lawmakers who have been willing to openly criticize the president. This is far from Conway's first rodeo when it comes to needling the Trump Administration, even though it is his wife's employer.

Groenewegen wins longest Tour stage Groenewegen wins longest Tour stage Laurent Pichon, another French rider with Fortuneo-Samsic, then also got away alone for a spell. Chris Froome calmly dropped back to his team vehicle to get his seat adjusted by a mechanic.

France defeat Croatia in goal-fest thriller Fifa World Cup final France defeat Croatia in goal-fest thriller Fifa World Cup final France won their first World Cup championship 20 years ago in 1998. "It's a young team who are on the top of the world". France won the World Cup after beating Croatia 4-2 in a breathless and drama-filled final in Moscow.

Ivan Perisic injury scare ahead of World Cup final Ivan Perisic injury scare ahead of World Cup final Croatia will be hoping to avoid that fate when they take on France in Moscow on Sunday. Mandzukic's scored at 109th-minute that sent his country to the final.

Roy Keane was disgusted by VAR penalty decision in World Cup final Roy Keane was disgusted by VAR penalty decision in World Cup final Nestor Pitana chose to overturn his original decision after adjudging Perisic had deliberately handled the ball in the area. Two years ago at home, France flopped in a European Championship final it was expected to win against Portugal .

Paul: Putin will never admit to election hack Paul: Putin will never admit to election hack The summit was first announced June 27 after Bolton met with Putin and other senior Russian officials in Moscow. It's a privilege to give my advice to the president. "He's going to make the decision how to handle this".

Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse results Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse results The Filipino dropped the champion three times in the fight, the first coming from a beautifully timed left hook in round three as the veteran dominated.

Zoo in New Orleans closed after jaguar escapes, kills six animals Zoo in New Orleans closed after jaguar escapes, kills six animals During a press conference today, when asked if the jaguar ate the animals, a spokesman for the zoo says there was no consumption. According to a statement from the zoo, the staff and security quickly implemented the correct plan to ensure staff safety.

The Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex are attending Wimbledon together The Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex are attending Wimbledon together This year F1 ace Lewis Hamilton , golfer Tiger Woods and Dame Anna Wintour offered their support from behind her team. Markle and her sister-in-law Kate Middleton participated in a standing ovation as the players walked onto the court.

Thai boys 'passed by hand' to cave surface Thai boys 'passed by hand' to cave surface Some had also lost as much as 5kg but had regained some of the weight, and their appetites, in hospital, Dr Piyasakol said. A 14-year-old team member nicknamed Note said: "I am in good health now".