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Kawhi Leonard | Forward | #2

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/29/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 230
College: San Diego State
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (15) / IND
Contract: view contract details

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Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green "guard the [expletive] out of people."
"We’ll have a much different thought process [defensively]," Nurse said. "We will be a little bit more aggressive. We’re going to really make a focus on trying to create more turnovers." The Raptors could very well be the best defensive team in the league this year after finishing fifth in defensive rating last season and adding a two-time DPOY and four-time All-Defensive player in Leonard and a one-time All-Defensive player in Green. Nurse also said Kawhi Leonard "lit up like a Christmas Tree" when they had their first sitdown together. Jul 28 - 12:11 PM
Source: TSN

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Among Toronto's six potential starters, Serge Ibaka is the most likely candidate to come off the bench, according to Josh Lewenberg of TSN.

As it currently stands, Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry are the locks as starters and the other three positions are up in the air between Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas, O.G. Anunoby and Danny Green. Green will likely fill the backcourt role left by DeRozan. Anunoby moved to power forward during summer league and Raptors coach Nick Nurse liked what he saw. Nurse is also high on Valanciunas, saying, "I’m still on the JV train, for sure. I thought he made his biggest leap forward last year." Ibaka has started 551 consecutive regular season games. However, his role began to diminish during this year's playoffs and he came off the bench for the first time since February of 2011 in Game 3 of the second round series against Cleveland.
Source: TSN
Jul 29 - 11:23 AM

Kyle Lowry wasn't exactly eager to discuss the Kawhi Leonard trade at the Team USA camp in Las Vegas.

When pressed about the trade, Lowry basically said he has no relationship with Leonard and that he's yet to speak with him. "I'm here for USA Basketball," Lowry repeated. "It's been a great week for USA Basketball." Lowry is best friends with DeMar DeRozan so it's not a surprise that he's upset, but his relationship with both Leonard and Raptors GM Masai Ujiri is going to be under the microscope in the coming months for obvious reasons.
Source: TSN
Jul 27 - 9:18 PM

LeBron James has agreed to a four-year, $154 million deal with the Lakers.

Welcome to L.A., LeBron. The deal was announced by James' own agency, Klutch Sports, and it includes a player option in the fourth year. The length of the contract is still unexpected since he could have opted for another short-term pact to keep his options open. Instead he's committed fully to the Lakers, who should turn their full attention to acquiring another superstar to complement James -- in addition to trying to pry Kawhi Leonard away from the Spurs, they've also been rumored to have interest in DeMarcus Cousins. His decision should give teams around the league new clarity on their own offseason plans, so expect a domino effect of deals in the next 48 hours. The era of LeBron James as a Laker has begun.
Jul 1 - 8:09 PM

The 76ers have kept Markelle Fultz out of trade talks in a potential Kawhi Leonard deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of

This is a little bit odd considering the current value of Fultz with his brutal rookie year and how much it will cost to get Kawhi, but maybe Drew Hanlen is working his magic. It's certainly fair to guess this was just leaked from the 76ers side to give the impression that Fultz has more than his perceived value, but this is the 2017 No. 1 pick after all. Fultz will be a story to watch all summer.
Jul 1 - 1:30 PM

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers offered Brandon Ingram and a future first rounder for Kawhi Leonard.

Magic Johnson called Ingram "untouchable" last summer, but he changed his tune a couple months ago. Wojnarowski adds that Leonard has expressed his desire to sign with Los Angeles in free agency in 2019, but the Lakers want to get a deal done now so they can make a better pitch to LeBron James. The Spurs turned down this offer and are "seeking a far more complete haul of Lakers young players and future picks," so there's still a lot of work to be done.
Source: ESPN
Jun 28 - 1:35 PM

Kyle Anderson scored only five points on 2-of-7 shooting on Wednesday, but he chipped in three rebounds, one assist, four steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

Rudy Gay (heel) is out a few more weeks, Kawhi Leonard (quad) is out indefinitely, and now there are rumors that Kawhi wants the Spurs to trade him. Anderson is a steady mid-round roto value while Kawhi is off the court, so owners should just hold him and see how this plays out.
Jan 25 - 12:12 AM

Danny Green (groin), Kawhi Leonard (shoulder) and Manu Ginobili (rest) will sit out Monday's game against the Kings.

This will be Green's fourth straight game on the sidelines and with all these guys unavailable, Bryn Forbes and Kyle Anderson could be forced into heavy minutes tonight, making them reasonable DFS targets with a favorable matchup in Sacramento. We haven't received another update on Green since Gregg Popovich's ominous quote suggesting he could be shut down for "a while," and with just late-round value on the year, he's not really worth rostering through this injury in most formats.
Jan 8 - 2:25 PM

Kyle Anderson played 36 minutes vs. the Blazers on Sunday, scoring eight points (2-of-4 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) with six rebounds, five assists and one steal.

Kawhi Leonard (left shoulder) was out tonight and Gregg Popovich said that he's dealing with a partial tear, but we don't have any more details. The Spurs are listing Kawhi as questionable for Monday but it would be surprising to see him return that quickly -- even Thursday's road game seems like a stretch. With Rudy Gay (heel) also ailing, Anderson should get another heavy workload in a road game vs. the Kings.
Jan 8 - 12:31 AM

Danny Green (groin), Kawhi Leonard (rest) and Tony Parker (rest) will not play Wednesday against the 76ers.

While Leonard and Parker are simply receiving rest days as they work themselves back into things, Green is dealing with an actual injury and Gregg Popovich hinted after Tuesday's game that he could be "shut down for a while." With all these guys unavailable on Wednesday, Kyle Anderson, Bradon Paul and Bryn Forbes will all have the opportunity for some extended run. Green hasn't played well enough this season to warrant a hold through this injury.
Jan 3 - 12:23 PM

Kyle Anderson (knee) looked great in his return to action on Wednesday, posting five points on 2-of-4 shooting, one 3-pointer, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 24 minutes.

Anderson sprained his MCL on Dec. 3 and wound up missing eight consecutive games. He was supposed to be on a 15-minute limit tonight, but he was balling and the Spurs opted to re-insert him late in a close game -- they escaped with a 93-91 road win. Based on early indications, Slo Mo's restrictions shouldn't be nearly as onerous as Kawhi Leonard's.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 01:55:00 AM

Danny Green (groin) is probable to play Tuesday vs. the Mavericks.

Green missed Saturday's game in Phoenix in what could be described as a precautionary move, but he should be back in his regular role on Tuesday night. Kawhi Leonard (quad) is also probable to make his regular-season debut against the Mavs, and once he's fully up to speed, there won't be quite as much opportunity for Green on offense.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 05:57:00 PM

Kyle Anderson (MCL sprain) will have an MRI on Monday, but he was walking under his own power in the locker room after the game.

Anderson could be looking at an extended absence, but we'll know more on Monday. "It was a lot of pain," Anderson said. "We’ll see what they say." Even if he's cleared to play, fantasy owners should be leery of him with Kawhi Leonard (quad) reportedly in the "last steps" of his rehab. Pop vowed to find minutes for Anderson even with Kawhi active, but a reduced role could ruin his appeal in standard leagues. Deep-league owners should stay tuned for the MRI results.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 10:03:00 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge erupted for a season-high 41 points in a win vs. Memphis on Wednesday, making 17-of-24 shots (3-of-3 from deep) with six rebounds, one assist and one block.

Gregg Popovich has been heaping praise on Aldridge for carrying the Spurs without Kawhi Leonard (quad), and he said unequivocally: "[Aldridge] has been an All-Star." We're not arguing, and neither are fantasy owners, as Aldridge is locked into second-round value through 21 games. Pop did say recently that Kawhi is "very close" to playing, which is a threat to LA's 27.9% usage rate -- the good news is that unlike previous seasons, Aldridge has established himself as a necessary, go-to option for the Spurs' offense.
Thu, Nov 30, 2017 01:50:00 AM

Gregg Popovich said that the Spurs would be "lost" this season if it weren't for LaMarcus Aldridge.

"He's gotten us through this period of time without Tony [Parker] and Kawhi [Leonard] in a wonderful way," Popovich said of Aldridge. "He's scoring, he's playing defense, rebounding, running the floor. We'd really be lost without him." Despite not having their two-time defensive player of the year, the Spurs have gotten off to a 12-7 record this season, good enough for the No. 3 seed out West. However, Leonard does appear to be inching his way closer to a return, so LMA owners should consider selling high as it's unlikely he'll maintain a top-20 evaluation upon Leonard's return.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 11:55:00 AM

Kyle Anderson hit 4-of-10 shots for 12 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals in 34 minutes of Monday's start against the Mavericks.

Anderson has quietly scored in double figures in five straight games, averaging 12.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.8 steals on 54 percent shooting over that stretch. The 10 boards tied his season high and he's worth picking up right now if you have someone to drop, but he should take a big usage hit once Kawhi Leonard (quad) is finally ready to make his season debut.
Mon, Nov 27, 2017 10:57:00 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge torched the Mavs for 33 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and three blocks on Monday, also knocking down all seven of his free throws in a 115-108 win.

Aldridge was incredibly efficient tonight as his dream season continues. He's rolling for the Spurs, averaging 22.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 blocks on 54 percent shooting over his last five games. He'll take a hit once Kawhi Leonard is back for the Spurs, which could be happening in the next couple weeks. Now might be a good time to try to sell high on LMA.
Mon, Nov 27, 2017 10:54:00 PM

Rudy Gay tied his season-high with 22 points on Tuesday, hitting 8-of-13 shots with four 3-pointers, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Gay made 2-of-2 free throws with one turnover in 24 minutes. He's been solid for anyone who drafted him late, and is coming on strong in his past three games with averages of 18.0 points on 53.9 percent shooting, 1.7 threes, 6.3 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals. He should retain value even when Kawhi Leonard (quad) returns to action.
Tue, Nov 7, 2017 11:48:00 PM

Kyle Anderson (ankle) helped the Spurs earn a 107-99 win on Wednesday, scoring 12 points with nine rebounds in 30 minutes as a starter.

Anderson started at SF in place of Kawhi Leonard (quad) and he looked great -- he made 5-of-9 shots including a 3-pointer, blocked one shot, and didn't turn the ball over. It's unclear when Kawhi will return, which gives Anderson some appeal as a DFS play or short-term option in deeper leagues. His recent ankle injury obviously isn't a concern.
Thu, Oct 19, 2017 02:58:00 AM

Danny Green played 33 minutes on Wednesday, finishing the Spurs' season-opening victory with 17 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks.

Green made 7-of-16 shots, including three 3-pointers, and his level of offensive engagement was eye-opening. Kawhi Leonard (quad) was out tonight, of course, and the Spurs are taking it easy with Rudy Gay (24 minutes), but this is still a great sign for all of Green's owners. He's built for 9-cat.
Thu, Oct 19, 2017 02:58:00 AM

Kyle Anderson (ankle) will start vs. the Wolves on Wednesday.

Anderson's ankle injury was never serious, and it's interesting to see him get the nod at SF ahead of Rudy Gay. He's not the best per-minute fantasy producer, however, and is more of a DFS punt-play until Kawhi Leonard (quad) returns.
Wed, Oct 18, 2017 09:25:00 PM

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