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Raptors' big trade for Kawhi Leonard is worth risk - even if he doesn't stay in Toronto

6 monthes ago   |   By Sporting News

The Raptors' deal for Kawhi Leonard has the potential to finally push the Raptors over the hump in the Eastern Conference.
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The why of Kawhi: A timeline of the last 14 months of tension and emotion

The why of Kawhi: A timeline of the last 14 months of tension and emotion

6 monthes ago   |   By TheScore

Oftentimes, the journey is more important than the destination. Kawhi Leonard may be on his way to the Toronto Raptors in the blockbuster trade of the summer, but Wednesday's news is merely the culmination of more than a year of uncomfortable buildup between the San Antonio Spurs and their homegrown superstar. May 14, 2017 - The Zaza incident As memories begin to blur, it's easy to conflate the injury that knocked Leonard out of the 2017 postseason with the one that caused him to miss all but nine games in the 2017-18 campaign. These were, however, two separate injuries. Kawhi rolled his...
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NBA Rumors: Could Kawhi Leonard Sit Out Season After Raptors Trade?

NBA Rumors: Could Kawhi Leonard Sit Out Season After Raptors Trade?

6 monthes ago   |   By NESN

Kawhi Leonard was traded from the San Antonio Spurs to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, but will the superstar forward ever play a game for Canada's lone NBA team?
Reports surfaced Wednesday that Leonard “has no desire to play in Toronto” , and that it would be “a very tough sell” for the Raptors to re-sign him long-term.
Later on Wednesday, Sean Deveney of the Sporting News added further information about Leonard's willingness to suit up for the Raptors next season.
“And, league sources told Sporting News, Leonard has no interest in playing for the Raptors,” Deveney wrote. “There have...
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In trading for Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors are sending a loud message

6 monthes ago   |   By Washingtonpost

Toronto waited a long time to simply be good. Now they won't settle for that.
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Spurs statements are not very kind to Kawhi Leonard

6 monthes ago   |   By Yardbarke

You don't have to read between the lines to deduce that the San Antonio Spurs aren't exactly sorry to see the back of Kawhi Leonard.In their various statements announcing Wednesday's major trade that sees Leonard move to the Toronto Raptors, it certainly looked like the Spurs were doing the bare minimum to recognize Leonard on his way out the door.First, there were the graphics from the team's official Twitter account, which looked to give the other player moved in the deal, Danny Green, a bigger, more prominent thank you font-wise. In their official statement announcing the trade, the...
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NBA Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz on Kawhi Leonard and More

6 monthes ago   |   By Bleacher Report

It was only a matter of time before the Kawhi Leonard drama aggressively forced itself back into the headlines...
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Spurs agree to trade sending Kawhi Leonard to Raptors

Spurs agree to trade sending Kawhi Leonard to Raptors

6 monthes ago   |   By UPI

The San Antonio Spurs have agreed to a trade, sending All-Star Kawhi Leonard to the Toronto Raptors.
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Shannon Sharpe predicts Raptors GM is ‘absolutely' fired if Kawhi doesn't resign after the season

Shannon Sharpe predicts Raptors GM is ‘absolutely' fired if Kawhi doesn't resign after the season

6 monthes ago   |   By Fox Sports

Shannon Sharpe explains why he thinks the Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri will get fired if Kawhi Leonard does not resign with the Toronto Raptors after being traded from the San Antonio Spurs for DeMar DeRozan.
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Kawhi Leonard trade: DeMar DeRozan not happy to leave Raptors; NBA Twitter reacts to blockbuster deal

6 monthes ago   |   By CBSSports

With DeRozan heading to the Spurs, fans mourn the end of an era in Toronto
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Kawhi Leonard might not want to play for the Raptors, but he might not have a choice

6 monthes ago   |   By Washingtonpost

NBA rules make a holdout or retirement unlikely.
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Why Kawhi Leonard Trade Is Another Example Of Celtics' Offseason Going To Plan

6 monthes ago   |   By NESN

The much-maligned Eastern Conference of the NBA got better Wednesday when the Toronto Raptors reportedly agreed to trade for San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard as part of a multi-player deal.
Leonard, the 2014 NBA Finals MVP, makes the Raptors better if he's healthy. However, the fact he wasn't traded to any of the Boston Celtics' top contenders, including the Philadelphia 76ers, was another example of why this offseason has been very positive for the C's.
Here are a few reasons why that's been the case.
LeBron James left the Eastern Conference
James is the best player in the league...
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5 winners of the Kawhi Leonard trade

6 monthes ago   |   By FanSided

Kawhi Leonard is headed to the Toronto Raptors, and here there are more than a few winners of the trade. Kawhi Leonard wanted out of San Antonio, with a preference for playing him hometown of Los Angeles. The Toronto Raptors came virtually out of nowhere to surface as a front runner to get Leonard from...
5 winners of the Kawhi Leonard trade - FanSided - FanSided - Sports News, Entertainment, Lifestyle & Technology - 300+ Sites
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Red flag Kawhi Leonard trade will be career-defining for Masai Ujiri

6 monthes ago   |   By Sportsnet


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Kawhi Leonard Trade Analysis: Can New-Look Raptors Challenge Celtics In East?

6 monthes ago   |   By NESN

The Eastern Conference is having quite the crazy summer.
LeBron James appeared to open the door in the East earlier this month by bolting from Cleveland to join the Los Angeles Lakers. Now, it appears the Toronto Raptors are trying to step through, reportedly agreeing to acquire San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard in a blockbuster trade centered around All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan.
So, does landing Leonard make the Raptors, who won a franchise-record 59 games last season, the new favorite in the East? The Boston Celtics may beg to differ.
To break down how Toronto stacks up with the...
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Ranking top 10 NBA teams after Kawhi Leonard trade

6 monthes ago   |   By Yardbarke

The trade sending Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for DeMar DeRozan has altered the league's hierarchy.No longer will the MVP-caliber forward be thriving in the Western Conference, leaving San Antonio - which also sent Danny Green to Toronto - in a precarious spot. The Spurs cannot be considered a guaranteed playoff team anymore.Meanwhile, Toronto makes a slight rise toward the pinnacle of the East, which is preparing for its first season without LeBron James in 15 years.Though a couple of notable players still must be signed, these are the top...
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NBA Rumors: Raptors Didn't Think They Could Beat Celtics Before Kawhi Leonard Trade

6 monthes ago   |   By NESN

The Boston Celtics are the measuring stick in the Eastern Conference. They are the best team in the East, and many of the roster moves that other contenders in the conference make probably will be done with the intent on matching up with Boston in a potential playoff series.
The Toronto Raptors are a contender in the East after earning the conference's top seed in the 2018 NBA playoffs, but it became pretty clear they weren't on the same level as the Celtics after getting swept in the second round by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Fast forward a couple months and the Raptors...
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NBA trade rumors: Here's what move to Raptors would cost Kawhi Leonard on his next contract

NBA trade rumors: Here's what move to Raptors would cost Kawhi Leonard on his next contract

6 monthes ago   |   By Sporting News

How much money could Kawhi Leonard lose in a potential trade to the Raptors? Here's how the contract numbers break down.
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2018-19 NBA Title Odds: Latest Lines After Reported Kawhi Leonard Raptors Trade

6 monthes ago   |   By Bleacher Report

The Golden State Warriors remain the definitive favorite to win the 2019 NBA championship after Wednesday's reported trade sending Kawhi Leonard to the Toronto Raptors and DeMar DeRozan to the San Antonio Spurs...
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NBA Rumors: Kawhi Leonard Staying With Raptors Will Be ‘Very Tough Sell'

6 monthes ago   |   By NESN

The Toronto Raptors rolled the dice Wednesday, reportedly agreeing to trade for San Antonio Spurs forwards Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round draft pick.
Leonard reportedly preferred to be traded to one of the Los Angeles teams, the Lakers or Clippers. ESPN's Chris Haynes, citing a source, reported Wednesday on Twitter that the 2014 NBA Finals MVP “has no desire” to play in Toronto.
TNT's David Aldridge furthered that belief with the following tweet Wednesday.
Kawhi Leonard has been informed that the trade to the...
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NBA Trade Grades: Kawhi Leonard is heading to the Toronto Raptors

6 monthes ago   |   By FanSided

It's an end of an era in San Antonio. Kawhi Leonard is heading from the Spurs to the Toronto Raptors. Who won the deal for the superstar small forward? Masai Ujiri has never been afraid to swing for the fences. The Toronto Raptors GM certainly has done that by making a move for San Antonio...
NBA Trade Grades: Kawhi Leonard is heading to the Toronto Raptors - FanSided - FanSided - Sports News, Entertainment, Lifestyle & Technology - 300+ Sites
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