Despite the chatter suggesting that Kawhi Leonard would end up in Los Angeles, playing alongside LeBron James, another blockbuster deal is taking place.
On Wednesday (July 18), news surfaced that the San Antonio Spurs have agreed to a trade that sends Leonard and Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick, reports ESPN.
While acquiring Leonard is huge for the Raptors, the team is taking a risk with him, being that he will become a free agent next summer and could potentially leave. After all, he’s already said he plans to join the Lakers in free agency, but… a lot can change in a year.
Toronto would be able to offer Leonard a five-year, $190 million contract next summer, higher than the four-year, $141 million deal any other team could offer.
As far as DeRozan, he has three years and $83 million left on his contract, including an early-termination option for the 2020-21 season. Also, the first-round pick San Antonio gets is a protected 1-20 selection. After one year, it becomes two second-round picks.