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Did The Raptors Really Pass Up On Teaming Up Kawhi, Paul George And Westbrook?

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:

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Is that enough to pass on keeping Kawhi and teaming him up with Paul George and Russell Westbrook? No.

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