Last name the NBA world turned upside down as Kawhi Leonard signed with The Clippers and Paul George was traded to The Clippers.
Now reports are The Toronto Raptors had a chance to keep Kawhi and team him up with Paul George and Russell Westbrook in Toronto.
[ESPN] – Had Presti been able to strike a deal for George with the Raptors — and Leonard was willing to stay — George was believed to be willing to join the Raptors too, sources said. Presti pursued a package of Russell Westbrookwith George to the Raptors — with the NBA’s Most Improved Player, forward Pascal Siakam as the centerpiece of a deal — and Ujiri balked, league sources said. Ujiri had delivered Leonard everything that he wanted in a franchise: Leadership and trust, championship talent and a medical partnership that preserved and prepared his body. What Ujiri couldn’t give Leonard was out of his control: Geography, weather, and a chance to return to his Southern California roots.
Ok I get it. The Raptors GM Uijiri loves Pascal Siakam. He’s great and he won most improved player. This is Pascal Siakam:
Is that enough to pass on keeping Kawhi and teaming him up with Paul George and Russell Westbrook? No.