DeMar DeRozan thanks Raptors fans in heartfelt personal message on Instagram


Leonard's story the past season is one of the stranger ones in the National Basketball Association, as he had a falling out with a franchise that seemed committed to him but then had to find a landing place for him in the trade market.

CBC Sports' Jacqueline Doorey and Anson Henry break down some of the pros, cons, risks and rewards of trading former Raptors star DeMar DeRozan to the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard. The Raptors are hoping they can convince Leonard to ultimately re-sign with the franchise despite his apparent interest in playing in Los Angeles.

Splits, like this, are not positive, but Spurs fans will look to move towards DeRozan's team debut, which will not happen until the preseason starts in late September, while also veering away from the Leonard saga that plagued the organization since January. Now, the question is whether Leonard will be healthy enough to play, or whether he will prove hard much in the way he was last season in Texas. Next season, the deal will nearly certainly improve the Raptors on the basketball court. I am so grateful for the Love and Passion that you've given me over the past 9 years.

Meanwhile, Leonard - whom his camp said did not want to play for the Raptors - arrived in Toronto Friday evening. "He's not going to leave, I'm telling you, '" The San Diego Union-Tribune's Jason Zeigler writes.

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We have to treat this as hearsay at this point, as a lot of the recent talk from people rumored to be close to Leonard has turned out to be inaccurate.

This is a bombshell trade that would've been hard to predict back when Leonard asked for a trade out of San Antonio. It's been staunch, and conservative, and stubborn.

By the way, are we sure Los Angeles is a better city to live in than Toronto? Thank you Toronto, thank you Canada.

My goodness, we've officially seen it all. We all thought it was impossible that he would sit out an entire season for San Antonio previous year, and now we can't dismiss that possibility moving forward.