Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Kawhi Leonard Will Reportedly Consider Sitting Out All Season For The Raptors

Kawhi Leonard Will Reportedly Consider Sitting Out All Season For The Raptors

The former Finals MVP has made it clear that he will only sign with Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes a free agent next summer.

Can Leonard get them over the hump?

Leonard and DeRozan are both aware that an agreement between the Spurs and Raptors could be in the offing, but neither has expressed enthusiasm for the deal, sources told ESPN.

When trading a player of Leonard's caliber, the team very rarely gets equal value in return.

Given the mystery surrounding Leonard's quad injury, it's possible that Leonard could report to the team, but then refuse to play because he and his doctors feel he's not healthy enough. His absence from the team became a point of consternation for Popovich and the Spurs, who didn't have the All-Star forward on the floor for the final five months of the season because of a quadriceps injury.

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COMING OFF INJURY - Leonard missed San Antonio's first 27 games last season with a right quadriceps injury, making his debut on December 12 against Dallas. Although the Clippers are not in the same contending status as the Lakers, Leonard would have gotten his wish to go to LA and could have battled LeBron James after the Clippers extended him to the supermax. Considering that Toronto traded an All-Star guard for him in DeRozan, this is a risky move. Sporting News' Sean Devenney reported on Wednesday that there is a chance Leonard would sit out with the Raptors to avoid playing in Toronto. "You are a fixture in Toronto forever and you gave everything you had".

There are more players on both sides included into the swap, but only DeRozan has been informed so far, sources said. And don't forget Paul George was going to be a Laker, too, and stuck with the Thunder.

Some have questioned the Lakers' tactics given that it means James' hopes of adding another ring to his collection this season is all but dependent on him himself, having near single-handedly carried the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Finals a year ago.

Leonard spent his first seven seasons in the National Basketball Association with the Spurs, appearing in a total of 407 games and averaging 16.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists. If you love sports, know digital sales, and can throw your weight behind an aggressive commission based opportunity than we would love to talk to you. They'll also receive Danny Green.

The contrast in the two contract situations is major and illustrates the risk the Raptors may accept. DeRozan is under contract each of the next three seasons at almost $28 million per season.

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