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DeRozan says Raptors lied to him about trade

19 July, 2018, 12:23 | Author: Delia Walker
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And Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher says the Lakers were not desperate to push for Leonard now, claiming they're confident they'll get him for free next year. "It's a business and you understand the business, but from a player standpoint, it just sucks".

After months of reported drama between Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs, the franchise has finally given into the superstar's trade request - but not completely.

"Kawhi obviously worked very hard to become the player he is and our staff worked very hard to help him get there and we wish him all the best as he moves on to Toronto". Both Leonard and DeRozan are reportedly aware of the deal, and neither one is happy about the imminent trade, according to league sources. But as far as Las Vegas is concerned, one team clearly won the trade. The problem is Leonard is coming off a season in which he played in just nine games due to a mystery quad injury that just wouldn't seem to go away.

Unless the Raptors deal him at the deadline when his value would decrease as a pure rental, Leonard, the 2014 Finals MVP and two-time defensive player of the year, could be leaving some big bucks behind.

Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the Denver Nuggets on January 13, 2018, at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.

"Kawhi conducted himself wonderfully while he was here", Popovich said.

"We wish him well, but at this point, it's time to move on", Popovich said.

Despite being named the NBA's Coach of the Year, Casey was sacked and replaced by assistant Nick Nurse. With that chapter over, Pop wants to focus on the new players acquired from Toronto.

"The Raptors replace an All-Star with an All-NBA player, a two-way player at that". "It's a gamble, but Toronto is probably at the point where, 'We've probably only got one more run with this team anyhow so let's mix it up.' And if they have to rebuild or retool, they could do it without the [$83] million they owe DeRozan".



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