Spurs trade Kawhi Leonard to Raptors for DeMar DeRozan


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.

As the drama around San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and the organization stretch towards another month, it appears reality is setting in for some teams.

That number is likely larger, but it's nonetheless notable for a sluggishly-moving situation for the Spurs, who have not received impressive-enough offers for their swingman with one year left on his contract and a reported expectation he would like to join the Los Angeles Lakers. According to the report, a bevy of picks have been "bandied about in recent weeks".

And six minutes later tweeted that Leonard and DeRozan are aware that "a deal may be imminent". That does not seem to bother Toronto and a deal could be finalized as soon as Wednesday, league sources told the website.

As examples, no Blazers package includes Damian Lillard or C.J. McCollum, league sources said. His frustration is potentially stemming from a meeting in Las Vegas where, Haynes reports, he was told he wouldn't be traded. Ain't no loyalty in this game.

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DeRozan has spent his entire nine-year National Basketball Association career in Toronto, the franchise that selected him with the No. 9 pick in the 2009 draft. Sell you out quick for a little bit of nothing...

But as the Spurs learned last season, when Leonard doesn't want to - or says he can't - play, he won't play.

Since Kawhi made it clear he wanted to be traded, the Spurs have deliberately taken a patient approach and wanted to explore all their options before making any decision.

The 28-year-old signed a five-year, $139 million contract with the Raptors in 2016, which runs through the 2020-21 season.