The Raptors seem like they’ve an opportunity to deliver again Kawhi Leonard.
The 27-year-old star re-signing with Toronto this summer time is a “critical consideration now,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday on “The Woj Pod.”
“Kawhi Leonard simply felt all alongside, it was going to take the total yr to promote him on Toronto. It wasn’t going to be carried out in coaching camp or by Christmas or by the commerce deadline. However I do assume they’ve made progress with him. I feel they’ve made fairly good progress with him from the sense I’ve. They put themselves in it. And when Kawhi confirmed up there, I am undecided he imagined any future in Toronto. I do assume it is a critical consideration now.”
The Raptors acquired Leonard – together with Danny Inexperienced – from the Spurs in change for a package deal centered round DeMar DeRozan in a blockbuster commerce final offseason. Leonard can choose out of his contract and change into a free agent after 2018-19.
Leonard has taken his recreation to a different stage up to now within the playoffs. He is averaging 32.Three factors and seven.7 rebounds whereas taking pictures 50% from 3-point vary.
The Raptors simply superior previous the Magic of their opening-round matchup and can enter Sport 5 in opposition to the 76ers on Tuesday with the sequence tied at 2-2.
“Toronto is promoting profitable on him. They can not promote geography to him, I do not assume. I do not assume they will promote climate on him. There’s nothing they will do about that. When you’ve that form of group, you promote profitable.”
Leonard has beforehand been linked to the Clippers and rival executives imagine he “likes” the group, in accordance with an earlier report from Bleacher Report . However, Leonard has been quiet about his free company plans for many of the season.
“So long as I’ve on a jersey I need to play basketball,” Leonard informed reporters in September. “I got here right here with an open thoughts. I need to do nice issues so I’ll be sure that I put my full effort on the court docket each night time.”
Sport 5 between the Raptors and 76ers will tipoff Tuesday at eight p.m ET.