The news slowly broke overnight.
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. He played two seasons for San Diego State before being taken No. 15 overall by the Indiana Pacers in the 2011 draft. When he fired Casey, it was the first time the team president, who has led a charmed existence in Toronto, made a move that put much scrutiny squarely on himself. With an All-Star backcourt of DeRozan and Lowry and a deep roster of competent and versatile players, the idea was to try to squeeze a Finals-worthy team out of a collection of players that lacked a true superstar in a league dominated by superstars. DeRozan, 28, averaged 23.0 points and had a 21.10 Player Efficiency Rating for Toronto in 2017-18.
Leonard, the 2014 NBA Finals MVP and two-time Defensive Player of the Year, reportedly requested a trade out of San Antonio after a tumultuous year in which he played just nine games due to a quad injury.
The Spurs opened on the 2019 National Basketball Association championship odds at a solid +3000, but bold free agent moves by Western rivals, including the Los Angeles Lakers' signing of LeBron James, along with the departure of veteran leader Tony Parker for Charlotte via free agency, have taken their toll on the squad. The L.A. Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics also have been mentioned among Leonard's suitors.
Both teams announced the trade on their websites shortly after noon. He signed a five-year deal in 2015 worth more than $90 million.
Leonard's contract expires following next season, making him one of the biggest targets in the 2019 free-agent class. He added 5.8 rebounds in 33.4 minutes while shooting.485 (636/1,311) from the floor, .381 (147/386) from beyond the arc and a personal-best.880 (469/533) from the free-throw line.
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Leonard resides in San Diego County in the off-season. They traded point guard George Hill to the Pacers in order to acquire the pick so they could acquire Leonard. Similarly, ESPN's Chris Haynes reported that Leonard "has no desire to play in Toronto".
"Toronto and San Antonio have been talking about the trade for two weeks, and several incarnations of packages have been discussed, league sources said".
Also unhappy is DeRozan, who appears to be feeling betrayed by Raptors GM Masai Ujiri.
A little more than 17 years ago, the Raptors pulled off what remains the greatest coup in franchise history, signing star wing Vince Carter to a six-year, $90 million contract extension that would keep him in Toronto.
DeRozan has three years and $83 million left on his contract.
As he stayed away, the Spurs struggled.
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