As if this offseason needed any more twists and turns…
Tim Bontempts, a plugged-in NBA writer for the Washington Post, recently mentioned that a new team may be throwing their hat in the ring for Kawhi Leonard. There has been talk about the possibility that Raptor’s GM Masai Ujiri could go all in for the star wing. While down in Las Vegas for the Summer League, Bontempts had this to say:
“The Toronto Raptors also generated buzz as a potential destination for Leonard. With LeBron James out of the Eastern Conference, perhaps Raptors President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri is willing to swing for the fences and move DeMar DeRozan or Kyle Lowry in such a deal.”
Albeit intriguing, this quote is a tad confusing. Is the buzz coming from the Raptors? The Spurs? Or, is this merely speculation by other front office executives? Regardless, Ujiri is known for making savvy moves from time to time. Will he decide to go all in now that the Eastern Conference is missing its best player? After all, Zach Lowe called Toronto the “most logical all-in play” for Kawhi.
What would a trade look like? Surely, Toronto would love to hang onto one of their stars however, San Antonio would likely want one back. Derozan would fit the Spurs build, as they have not yet lost faith in the midrange jumper. Famous shot doctor Chip Engelland could turn Derozan into a three point shooter as well.
Would Toronto have to throw in rising stud OG Anunoby? Perhaps. Future firsts would also get tossed in.
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