Spurs trade Kawhi Leonard to Raptors for DeMar DeRozan

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Last week, Las Vegas odds changed in the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes: the Toronto Raptors became the favorite (tied with San Antonio) to have Kawhi on the roster next season. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Chris Haynes report that the deal is imminent.

"Told one thing and the outcome another", DeRozan said.

Shams Charania reported early Wednesday that the sides were in serious talks, saying that a framework built around DeMar DeRozan had been agreed to and that "only a snag in final discussions could prevent completion".

Charania is reporting that DeRozan, who signed a five-year, $139 million contract with the Raptors in 2016, has already "expressed displeasure toward a possible move" after becoming aware of the possibility on Tuesday night.

San Antonio initially rebuked the Lakers' efforts to begin trade talks, then grew more receptive but with the caveat of asking for a significant haul in exchange for Leonard. Ain't no loyalty in this game.




According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly given up hope of landing the forward from San Antonio. "Soon you'll understand... Don't disturb..."

According to Haynes, DeRozan met with members of the Raptors front office during summer league and was told he would not be traded.

DeRozan has spent his entire nine-year National Basketball Association career in Toronto, the franchise that selected him with the No. 9 pick in the 2009 draft.

It is almost certain additional players are involved on both sides, though it is unclear they will be.

DeRozan had been the longest-tenured All-Star member of the Raptors, taking over Vince Carter's mantle as the son of Toronto after spending his first nine seasons with the team. He's not Kawhi Leonard, but he's still an All-Star under team control for three more years (though at an expensive $83 million).

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