Kawhi Leonard traded to Raptors as DeMar DeRozan heads to Spurs

By Travis Durkee 19 July 2018 500
Kawhi Leonard traded to Raptors as DeMar DeRozan heads to Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs have completed a trade to send disgruntled superstar Kawhi Leonard to the Toronto Raptors.

The deal sees the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and Danny Green head to Toronto in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round draft pick, the teams announced on Wednesday.

Leonard - who was named Finals MVP following San Antonio's title triumph in 2014 - has one year remaining on his contract.

The 27-year-old played just nine games for the Spurs last season as he recovered from a hip injury, while media reports suggest he plans to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes a free agent in 2019.

DeRozan - who has three years and $83million left on his deal, including an early-termination option for the 2020-21 season - is a four-time All-Star who was drafted by the Raptors with the ninth pick in 2009.

"Be told one thing & the outcome another," DeRozan said in an Instagram story posted before the trade was made official. "Can't trust em. Ain't no loyalty in this game. Sell you out quickly for a little bit of nothing."

Austrian centre Poeltl was also taken ninth by Toronto, with the 2016 selection appearing in all 82 games in the 2017-18 season as he averaged 6.8 points and 4.8 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game.

Green has been a fixture in the Spurs starting line-up since 2011-12, including their championship-winning campaign four years ago. He is scheduled to make $10m next season after picking up his player option in June.

The blockbuster move continues a busy off-season for the Raptors, who decided to fire coach Dwane Casey despite posting a franchise-best 59-win season.

However, they were knocked out in the second round of the playoffs by eventual Eastern Conference champions Cleveland, with LeBron James helping the Cavaliers sweep the best-of-seven series.

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