Kawhi Leonard Actually Smiled in His Intro Photo With the Raptors

24 July, 2018, 01:43 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Toronto is hoping to have that same success with their new superstar as his arrival could take them over the hump and potentially into the NBA Finals next season.

Meanwhile, Leonard - whom his camp said did not want to play for the Raptors - arrived in Toronto Friday evening.

Sources close to DeRozan had told ESPN's Chris Haynes that DeRozan met with Toronto officials in Las Vegas during summer league and believed that he would not be traded.

Not to mention, DeMar DeRozan, who was sent to the San Antonio Spurs as part of the trade for Leonard, was one of the main reasons why Toronto was such a threat all these years due to his scoring ability. Can't trust em. Ain't no loyalty in this game.

Ujiri said at a press conference at the Raptors' arena in Toronto that the chance to acquire two-time Defensive Player of the Year Leonard was simply too good to pass up. He said he tried to focus on what DeRozan should do next instead of focusing on trade talks. "He's not going to leave, I'm telling you'". "We spoke. I think maybe my mistake was talking about what we expected going forward from him, not necessarily about the trade", Ujiri added.

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And clearly Ujiri thinks highly of DeRozan, as he also called him the "greatest player" in Raptors franchise history.

Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Ujiri said Friday the fans were not forgotten in the trade decision but it's "hard to satisfy everybody".

Kawhi Leonard finally showed up in Toronto on Friday, which is good because the National Basketball Association team he now plays for has its home games in the largest city in Ontario. Specifically with the Lakers, although playing for the Clippers reportedly has become more of an option as of late for Leonard. "We have everything here except the championship in my opinion".

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