The Spurs agreed Wednesday to trade Leonard (quadriceps) and Danny Green to the Raptors in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Leonard's long standoff with the Spurs has finally come to an end, and he'll now head north to join what was the best team in the Eastern Conference during the regular season. Of course, that was with DeRozan leading the charge, but a healthy Leonard is an even better No. 1 scorer and defender. Leonard's health is the biggest question mark heading into next season, and it's likely part of the reason the Raptors didn't have to overpay for his services. Leonard played in only nine games last season amid a lingering quad injury, and the entire situation remains shrouded in mystery. Toronto is gambling that Leonard, who has only one year left on his contract, will get back to his 2016-17 form, when he averaged 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game.
Toronto and San Antonio are finalizing a trade that would send Leonard to the Raptors for a package that includes DeMar DeRozan, ESPN reports. ESPN reports the deal could be finalized as early as Wednesday. Leonard reportedly has stated he wants to be traded from the Spurs though Toronto may not be his favored landing spot (believed to be the Lakers).
Leonard (quad) has yet to be cleared by his medical team and remains without a timetable for return, Chris Haynes of ESPN reports. Leonard missed Game 1 of the playoffs on Saturday as expected and at this point, a return during the playoffs still seems unlikely. According to the report, Leonard is being examined routinely and continues to rehab back in New York, but his medical staff isn't willing to put any sort of timetable on it. It's safe to assume Leonard is out for Game 2 on Monday, which is a tough blow to a Spurs team that got absolutely dominated by the Warriors in Game 1.
Leonard (quad) has returned to New York for the second time this season for rehabilitation under the supervision of a medical team outside of the Spurs organization, Adrian Wojnarowski and Michael C. Wright of ESPN report. He remains without a timetable for a return. Since Monday, Leonard has been in New York rehabbing under the guidance of outside medical personnel, which he also did previously in February just prior to the All-Star break. The departure comes after reportedly increased tensions between Leonard, the Spurs organization, and teammates as a result of his disconnect with the team and several near-returns. With only six regular-season contests remaining and no timetable Leonard's return, it seems doubtful that he'll be able to suit up prior to the start of the postseason.
Leonard (quad) will remain out for Thursday's matchup with the Thunder, Paul Garcia of Project Spurs reports. Leonard's personal medical staff has yet to clear him for a return to action and with just six games left in the regular season following Thursday's contest, there's some serious doubt over his availability heading into the playoffs. His next shot to play will come on Sunday against the Rockets, but unless he puts in a full practice prior to that matchup, it seems likely he'll remain out once again.
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