5 winners of the Kawhi Leonard trade

Tanya Simon
July 18, 2018

The news slowly broke overnight.

"He's been here quite a while and he was a big part of what we do both on and off the court, a great community guy and we are going to miss him very much", Popovich said.

According to multiple reports, the Toronto Raptors appear to be on the verge of finalizing a blockbuster trade. However, he played only nine games last season with a right quad injury. He has a player option for the 2019-20 season. He was a first-round pick of the team out of USC in 2009. The full details of the Spurs-Raptors trade have not been announced, other than DeMar DeRozan is headed to the Spurs.

It sounds as if Kawhi Leonard's San Antonio sage is coming to an end.

Kawhi Leonard is not the only one frustrated.

There was some suggestion the Lakers wished to complete a trade for Leonard in order to aid their efforts in free agency with LeBron James and Paul George, but those stars never aligned.

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A loyal, fan-favorite National Basketball Association player went into the offseason convinced he'd stay with his current team, only to be coldly sent packing in a surprising trade.

Fans of the shooting guard from Compton, Calif., who professed "I am Toronto" when he signed his last contract in 2016, took to social media to voice their opinions and thank the most successful player in Raptors franchise history. He signed a five-year deal in 2015 worth more than $90 million.

A two-time All-NBA selection, Leonard also has been named NBA Defensive Player of the Year twice. The Raptors held onto their best young players in the deal. Green joined San Antonio in 2010 and averaged 9.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 520 contests with the Silver and Black.

ESPN's Chris Haynes wrote on Twitter, 'Kawhi Leonard has no desire to play in Toronto, league source tells ESPN'. Negotiations between San Antonio and Toronto started to heat up about the trade two weeks ago, the sources said.

But the Raptors' surprise intervention will instead see 2014 Finals MVP Leonard switch conference to the East - and Fox Sports host Shannon Sharpe predicted it could be a move that costs Toronto GM Masai Ujiri his job.

Manchester United eye Ivan Perisic and Ante Rebic transfers
The Chilean striker accepted a 16-month suspended jail sentence in Spain earlier this year for tax fraud. Sky Sports revealed that Alexis Sanchez wasn't able to travel with the United squad due to visa issues.

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