The winners and losers of the Kawhi Leonard trade

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On Friday, Raptors president Masai Ujiri issued an apology to DeRozan, calling the unexpected trade a "gap in miscommunication".

On Wednesday, the San Antonio Spurs traded All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard and swingman Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, and a 2019 first-round pick.

"Several opposing executives say the Toronto Raptors remain motivated to shed salary via trade following the Kawhi Leonard deal earlier this week".

Meanwhile, sources close to DeRozan told ESPN's Haynes that the Raptors star met with team officials during the NBA's summer league tournament in Las Vegas and was informed that he wouldn't be shipped off to another team.

Here's what someone who knows Leonard as well as anybody told me privately: "He's going to fall in love with Toronto - it's going to happen".

Sun TV host Mark Daniell asks Raps' expert Ryan Wolstat all the burning questions we have! But a hip injury kept Thomas on the shelf until January, and he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in February as part of a dramatic roster overhaul. Sell you out for a quick bit of nothing.

ESPN's National Basketball Association insider Mark Jones also suggested one of the Raptors' selling points to Leonard had been their ability to offer state-of-the-art rehabilitation practises to the former No 15 pick.

Therefore, while he still clearly doesn't understand Leonard's point of view, Robinson approves of San Antonio's decision and the return that the team received for him.

Leonard is now in Toronto, where he'll spend at least one year with the Raptors before hitting free agency.

After trading DeMar DeRozan for Kawhi Leonard, the Toronto Raptors are reportedly planning to make another move, according to Ian Begley of ESPN. Toronto has lost three straight playoff series to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. I think we'll move on from here. DeRozan leaves as the best player in franchise history. DeRozan's game will be elevated next season. "I want to personally thank Pop and RC for being the first to believe in me and give me the opportunity".

Popovich attempted to smooth things over with Leonard this offseason after the forward requested a trade from San Antonio, but Leonard's relationship with the team was apparently unsalvageable, leading to the deal.

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