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).
Multiple reports have come through saying that Leonard wants out, and Yahoo's Shams Charania reported in more detail that the superstar "has grown uncomfortable with the Spurs and is ready for move." While this is certainly shocking news, it seemed like the tension behind the scenes between Leonard and the Spurs was building towards this moment despite the fact that Leonard would have been capable for a massive contract extension that only San Antonio could pay him. Nevertheless, it appears at some point that the former Finals MVP will be on his way out of San Antonio this offseason in a trade that should result in a massive haul for the Spurs.
Leonard (quad) is not expected to return at any point during the playoffs, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Leonard continues to rehab his right quad injury back in New York where his personal medical team is located. With the Spurs likely to be eliminated from the playoffs in the next week or two by the defending NBA champions, that won't give Leonard enough time to make a full recovery, so he'll err on the side of caution and sit out the rest of the postseason. If that holds true, Leonard will finish his seventh campaign playing in just nine games. Leonard is eligible for the super-max extension this offseason, though it's unclear if the Spurs will commit to it following reports that there could be some tension between the two sides.
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.
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