Leonard goes to Raptors, DeRozan goes to Spurs

DeMar De Rozan

DeMar De Rozan

Leonard requested a trade after a meeting with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

The incredible exchange will see Leonard's Spurs team-mate Danny Green follow him north of the border to Canada while young Raptors center Jakob Poeltl will head in the opposite direction.

The Philadelphia 76ers' package of Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Miami's unprotected 2021 didn't move the needle for the Spurs.

The Spurs drafted Leonard with the 15th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Leonard can become a free agent next summer, which means there's no guarantee he'll be in Toronto for long. Being able to hang on to both Anunoby and Siakam is huge, not just for the team's future long-term potential but for how they stack up this season, when both players figure to be key rotation pieces and complementary defensive pieces alongside Leonard. Green is on the last year of his deal, and DeRozan has two years left on his deal before he can opt out to enter free agency.

Oh, and if the deal falls through (like, because Leonard doesn't want to be there), it would be seem hard for DeRozan and the Raptors to work things out at this point. During the 2016-17 season, he averaged a career-best 25.5 points and was third in the MVP voting. Because Leonard is a player teams fear could be a one-year rental, many offers are modified.

It's official, Kawhi Leonard may want to go purchase a couple really heavy winter coats, because he is headed to Toronto.

Wojnarwoski reported DeRozan had been told he would not be traded when he met with the Raptors front office during Summer League.

Leonard may have got the move away from the Spurs that he wanted but he will not be heading to his preferred destination of Los Angeles.

Mayor John Tory spoke about DeRozan, who led the Raptors in scoring in each of the last five seasons, at a press conference on Wednesday.

DeRozan has three years, $83 million remaining on his contract. Once that contract was signed, things took a sour turn for Carter and the team. After repeatedly falling short in the postseason, the Raptors are hoping Leonard can put them over the top.

We can plan for DeRozan to be greeted with an incredible ovation when the Spurs make their trip to Toronto next season.

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