Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green shipped to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Demar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 top 20 protected 1st round pick.
Kawhi hand a stand-off with the Spurs head office for months requesting to be traded, although was not his most desired destination.
The Spurs could of offered him a 5 year extension worth $221.3 million however was undoubtedly unhappy with his current situation.
He was stated by Wojnarowski to have “no desire to play for the Toronto Raptors”.
Regarded as the best 2-way player in the NBA, Kawhi switching teams is only hurting his next pay check as the max salaries he can be offered are declining.
On the other side of the trade we have DeRozan going to the Spurs.
DeRozan questions the loyalty within the NBA from franchises.
DeRozan states “Can’t trust ‘em. Ain’t no loyalty in this game. Sell you out quick for a little bit of nothing… Soon you’ll understand… Don’t disturb.”
Although being traded to a traditionally successful franchise, his situation could be worse although is still flooded with feelings of betrayal.
Kawhi is only on a 1-year deal so he will most likely experience an excursion in Toronto rather than a long-term stay.