SIMMONS: Kawhi Leonard a mystery all wrapped in an enigma for Raptors

Blazers have engaged Spurs in Kawhi Leonard trade talks: Report

Ujiri will make the deal with a determination that he can sell Leonard on re-signing with the Raptors next summer in free agency, sources said. The Raptors are a business, and with this trade they have angered many of their customers in a visceral way.

The most head-turning report surrounding this trade in the immediate aftermath is from ESPN's Chris Haynes, who tweeted that Leonard "has no desire to play in Toronto". At his best, Leonard was perhaps the second-best player in the National Basketball Association, and these are the type of risks necessary when such a rare talent becomes available on the market at a depressed price. The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics were among the teams with reported interest in Leonard.

DeRozan, a 28-year-old from Compton, Calif., posted some messages on his Instagram account early Wednesday morning that suggested he wasn't expecting to be dealt. It's a gamble for both teams, but much more for the Raptors: Leonard, who grew up in Southern California, has repeatedly been linked to a desire to play for the Los Angeles Lakers.

For the Spurs, being able to get DeRozan back in the trade is a pretty successful result, at least when you consider that their relationship with Leonard is seemingly broken. Although the Clippers are not in the same contending status as the Lakers, Leonard would have gotten his wish to go to LA and could have battled LeBron James after the Clippers extended him to the supermax. Now that Leonard is officially a member of the Toronto Raptors, the Raptors will begin a year-long recruiting pitch in an attempt to keep him in the north long-term. Nashville Predators star P.K. Subban, who knows a thing or two about being traded after his controversial trade from the Montreal Canadiens in 2016, thanked DeRozan for everything he's done and also welcomed Leonard to the six.

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DeRozan, 28, who averaged 23.0 points last season, reportedly was assured by Raptors officials during the NBA Summer League he would not be traded.

It all starts with Leonard, though, and whether he ever warms to the notion of being a Raptor, living here, playing here, caring, being a difference-maker here.

"Obviously, it's a risk for Toronto if Leonard won't stay". DeRozan also has expressed displeasure toward a possible move, becoming aware of the possibility late Tuesday night, league sources said.

The report indicates that the Blazers' trade package did not include either of their star guards, Damian Lillard or CJ McCollum.

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