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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
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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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Kawhi Leonard will not attend the Team USA camp in Las Vegas this week.

So much for that. We were hoping to get a glance at Leonard this week to see if he's truly healthy, but at least we know he passed his physical with the Raptors. Instead of attending the camp, Leonard "will use time to prepare for transition to new team."
Jul 24 - 11:35 PM

Kawhi Leonard has passed his physical with the Raptors.

This means the trade with the Spurs is now official. The Raptors are taking a gamble on one of the best two-way players in the NBA when healthy, as he'll be a free agent in 2019 with the Lakers expected to make a strong push for his signature. We should get another update on Leonard this week as he's supposed to be in attendance at Team USA's minicamp in Las Vegas.
Jul 24 - 8:39 PM

Kawhi Leonard is expected to be in attendance at Team USA's minicamp in Las Vegas this week.

Leonard will be there, but to what degree he'll participate in the practices will remain a mystery. Gregg Popovich will be coaching the US squad, and both Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan will also be in attendance, so there won't be any shortage of awkwardness. If we don't see Leonard going full bore by training camp, it'll be tough to justify investing an early-round selection in him on draft day.
Jul 23 - 2:57 PM

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri said if Kawhi Leonard had not had "all this medical drama" the Raptors chances of talking to him would have been "zero."

His sitting out could have potentially hurt his case for going to L.A. if he was really as set on Hollywood as the reports made it seem. This shows that Leonard was somewhat of a risk for Toronto, but one they were willing to make. If he's medically cleared the Raptors are assuming he'll suit up for them which seems likely at this point and if he does, he's undoubtedly a first-rounder for your fantasy squad.
Jul 22 - 10:26 AM

The Raptors' conversations with Kawhi Leonard and his representatives since the trade have been "positive," according to Bruce Arthur of The Toronto Star.

Leonard reportedly hadn't wanted to play for Toronto and was focused on joining an L.A. team, but according to Arthur, "[In recent talks] there was no indication of a holdout or even an unwillingness to play in Toronto. So far, it seems like Leonard may have an open mind." If Kawhi is healthy and buys into the Raptors' vision, they could vie for the top seed in the East and he should cruise to first-round fantasy value. We'll get a better sense of his health if he joins the Team USA mini-camp in Vegas next week.
Jul 18 - 9:27 PM

Updating a previous item, the Spurs have reportedly agreed to trade Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to the Raptors in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and draft considerations.

Toronto will be taking a bit of a risk on the 27-year-old forward with just one year left on Leonard's deal and concerns about the health of his quad, but it's not easy for small market teams to acquire a player of Kawhi's caliber, so they'll take the OKC approach and try to woo him during his time in Canada. The arrival of Leonard and Green in Toronto isn't great news for OG Anunoby's outlook, but their departure will be a boon to Lonnie Walker's value. If Leonard can just stay healthy in Toronto, he shouldn't have much trouble churning out elite numbers.

ESPN is reporting that the Raptors are finalizing a deal to acquire Kawhi Leonard in a trade package that includes DeMar DeRozan.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Chris Haynes are reporting that an agreement in principle could be reached as soon as Wednesday and that "Leonard and DeRozan are both aware that an agreement could be imminent, and neither is expressing enthusiasm for the deal." In fact, Hayes tweeted that Leonard "has no desire to play in Toronto." The Spurs and Raps have been involved in trade talks for two weeks, with multiple packages being discussed. However, Hayes says that DeRozan met with the Toronto front office in Vegas during summer league and was told he would not be traded. We should have a resolution to this ongoing saga soon.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 18 - 6:18 AM

The Spurs and Raptors are now engaged in "serious" talks on a trade centered around Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo!

Interesting. It's becoming clear that Leonard's relationship with the Spurs is broken and it's a matter of when, and not if, he's going to be dealt. And now it sounds like the Raptors may be the front runners for his services. DeRozan's numbers would almost have to take a hit for the conservative Spurs' offense, while Leonard will be free to do whatever he wants in Toronto. This is far from a done deal, but if talks are indeed "serious," there's a decent chance he'll be a Raptor next season. Prepare for a lot more information to break throughout the day on Wednesday and into the weekend. And for what it's worth (a lot), Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted at 4:30 a.m. that the deal "may be imminent."
Jul 18 - 3:37 AM

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne are reporting that Kawhi Leonard is "seriously considering" participating in Team USA's minicamp in Las Vegas next week.

This news is notable for several reasons. First and foremost, this would be a chance for Leonard to show that he has finally healed from the crippling quadriceps injury that cut short his 2017-18 season. That could have an impact on what teams are willing to give up in a trade for him this offseason. In addition, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is the head coach for Team USA. Pop and Kawhi on the same sideline could potentially lead to some awkwardness. San Antonio is likely hoping that it allows Kawhi and Pop to mend fences. Stay tuned.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 17 - 12:20 PM

Kawhi Leonard is now eligible for a supermax extension with the Spurs.

The Spurs could offer Leonard a five-year extension worth roughly $221 million, but if he's traded, the most he could receive in an extension offer would be $108 million over four years. As a free agent, he'd be able to sign a five-year deal worth $190 million with the team that acquired him or four years for $141 million with a team that had the cap space. Things must have really rubbed Leonard the wrong way for him to be willing to leave that much money on the table.
Source: ESPN
Jul 16 - 5:07 PM

According to ESPN's Michael C. Wright, Kawhi Leonard's "preferred destination" is the Clippers.

Wright has covered the Spurs about as well as anyone, so this is noteworthy. He says that Kawhi wants to be the man and may not want to play with LeBron James. Wright added that Kawhi's people in New York kept him away from some of the Spurs brass, so things really aren't going well between the two sides.
Jul 5 - 5:53 PM

The Lakers' offers for Kawhi Leonard have been "underwhelming" according to Kevin O'Conner of The Ringer.

Now that Los Angeles has secured LeBron James, the Lakers could be more aggressive in their pursuit of Leonard. O'Conner added that a package that sends Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle (via sign-and-trade), multiple first-round picks, and possibly Josh Hart could tempt the Spurs. With Leonard adamant about joining the Lakers either now or as a free agent in 2019, the Spurs don't have much leverage.
Source: The Ringer
Jul 2 - 11:08 AM

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Kawhi Leonard still wants to be a Laker.

LeBron James just agreed to a massive 4-year deal to join the Lakers, so now Magic Johnson will turn his focus back to Kawhi. The Spurs have tried to repair the relationship and they haven't budged on their asking price, but Leonard is adamant about leaving. He will become a free agent in 2019, so San Antonio is losing leverage by the day. ESPN's Chris Haynes is reporting that the Clippers are still in play and that Leonard would also be willing to go there, but the Lakers are the clear frontrunners right now.
Jul 1 - 8:20 PM

According to ESPN's Ian Begley, there are several people in the Sixers organization that are confident Kawhi Leonard would strongly consider re-signing there next summer if they traded for him.

It's assumed the Sixers are hesitant to offer a king's ransom to the Spurs in exchange for Kawhi because they are worried it would be just a one-year rental. If they had assurances that Leonard was willing to commit long-term, they would likely increase their offer significantly. This is certainly a situation to keep an eye on.
Jul 1 - 1:25 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kyle Lowry
2Delon Wright
3Fred VanVleet
4Lorenzo Brown
SG1Danny Green
2C.J. Miles
3Malachi Richardson
SF1Kawhi Leonard
2OG Anunoby
3Norman Powell
PF1Serge Ibaka
2Pascal Siakam
C1Jonas Valanciunas
2Greg Monroe
3Chris Boucher