While you all were sleeping, Masai Ujiri was busy in Africa making the biggest move in Toronto Raptors history. Multiple sources, including ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, are reporting that Toronto and the San Antonio Spurs are finalizing a multiple-player trade for Kawhi Leonard at this hour. On the Raptors side, the deal is centred around DeMar DeRozan.
Toronto has reached agreement in principle to acquire San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard for package that includes DeMar DeRozan, league sources tell ESPN. Trade is larger on both sides, and players are still being informed of their inclusion in the deal. Trade call with league today.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 18, 2018
As many will know, this deal doesn’t work in salary as a one-for-one swap, so we are still awaiting full details. Check back here as the story is updated.
In very much related (and slightly frightening) news, ESPN’S Chris Haynes is reporting that Leonard has no desire to play for Toronto. He has been public, through his agent, that he wants to end up in Los Angeles, and would definitely be a flight risk when his contract is up at the end of this year.
Kawhi Leonard has no desire to play in Toronto, league source tells ESPN.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 18, 2018
For the Raptors, DeMar DeRozan has been informed of the trade at this time. His Instagram story would indicate as such, as he’s clearly displeased with perceived disloyalty.
For now, only DeRozan has been informed that he's in the trade, league sources tell ESPN. Toronto president Masai Ujiri informed DeRozan overnight, sources said. https://t.co/fghY7eTCWR— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 18, 2018
DeMar DeRozan posted these to his Instagram story... pic.twitter.com/JDc0stS5jx— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 18, 2018
Obviously, there will be a lot to break down as we go forward. Keep it locked for analysis and updates throughout the day.
Update, 9:00 a.m.
The trade details have arrived. The Raptors will give up DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, and a protected 2019 first-round pick. This is much better than expected for Ujiri, who managed to acquire Leonard without giving up big-upside young talent in OG Anunoby or Pascal Siakam.
Spurs have agree to trade Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to Toronto for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick, league sources tell ESPN. Trade call with league office is starting shortly.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 18, 2018
Update, 9:07 a.m.
The first round pick from the Raptors is protected 1-20.
Source: Toronto's first-round pick to San Antonio is protected 1-20. After one year, it becomes two second-round picks.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 18, 2018
Update, 12:08 p.m.
It’s all official now, with a press release from the Spurs, and this tremendously surreal photo of DeMar DeRozan in a San Antonio jersey.
Update, 12:20 p.m.
It’s official from Toronto now too. Kawhi Leonard is a Raptor.