Danny Green thanks Spurs after trade to Raptors

DeMar De Rozan

DeMar De Rozan

National Basketball Association insider and ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the San Antonio Spurs and Raptors have reached large trade package to send Kawhi and Danny Green in exchange for All-Star DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, and a 2019 first-round pick.

Ever since the news of the trade broke, the chatter has understandably been centered on the two stars getting moved.

According to reports, both Leonard and DeRozan were less than pleased when they learned of this deal. Not giving up either OG Anunoby or Pascal Siakam in the deal - not to mention only a top-20 protected first this year, which will convert to a pair of seconds if it doesn't convey, according to ESPN, shows how little leverage San Antonio had.

Leonard is scheduled to enter free agency in 2019 and has no intention to commit to Toronto long-term, league sources said. Leonard played in only nine games in 2017-18, scoring 16.2 points a night, well below his average of 25.5 in 2016-17.

In DeRozan, the Spurs acquired a 4-time All-Star who just finished arguably his best season as a pro.

The Portland Trail Blazers are among several teams that have talked to the San Antonio Spurs about trading for star forward Kawhi Leonard. With Leonard trade rumors having swirled for weeks, DeRozan reportedly met with Toronto's brass in Las Vegas during the summer league and was assured he will not be traded.

In a story posted on his Instagram page Wednesday morning, DeRozan wrote, "Be told one thing & the outcome another".

The Spurs drafted Leonard with the 15th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. While DeRozan has three years remaining on his current contract, Leonard is slated to become a free agent following the 2018-19 campaign. He still qualifies for a five-year, $219 supermax contract. They're probably telling themselves it's possible Leonard falls in love with playing in Toronto after a season there, but it's quite the risk and a bad sign when it's immediately reported he has no desire to play there. In the Raptors' case, James left the conference, and a superstar became available at a price that didn't significantly hurt the team.

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