Toronto has reached agreement in principle to acquire San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard for package that includes DeMar DeRozan, league sources tell ESPN. Trade is larger on both sides, and players are still being informed of their inclusion in the deal. Trade call with league today.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 18, 2018
Toronto has reached agreement in principle to acquire San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard for package that includes DeMar DeRozan, league sources tell ESPN. Trade is larger on both sides, and players are still being informed of their inclusion in the deal. Trade call with league today.
An ESPN news article noted some the trade may be more complicated than it seems.
Toronto and San Antonio have been talking about the trade for two weeks, and several incarnations of packages have been discussed, league sources said.
Sources close to DeRozan told ESPN’s Chris Haynes that DeRozan met with Toronto brass in Las Vegas during summer league and was told he would not be traded.
Neither All-Star seems happy with the move, including DeMar DeRozan who has previously talked about his battles with depression and anxiety issues.
This depression get the best of me...— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) February 17, 2018
This depression get the best of me...
Personally I would get depressed having to face my worst nightmare, LeBron James, again before I could finally reach the NBA Finals.
Let's check in on DeMar DeRozan's Instagram Story right now: pic.twitter.com/frhH6YTiQS— The Ringer (@ringer) July 18, 2018
Per sources neither DeRozan nor Leonard seem thrilled about their new destinations.
“Wojnarowski and Haynes added that the trade could be finalized as soon as Wednesday and noted that neither Leonard nor DeRozan is enthusiastic about it.”
Kawhi Leonard has no desire to play in Toronto, league source tells ESPN.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 18, 2018
Kawhi Leonard has no desire to play in Toronto, league source tells ESPN.
Now Leonard has something in common with Miami’s resident Canadian Kelly Olynyk.
“Kawhi wanted to be traded somewhere that felt more like home than San Antonio. Instead, he will spend all of February looking at the thermometer and being mad that both (a) it’s really freaking cold, and (b) his logic that “Wait—maybe it’s actually warm, because that temperature is in degrees Celsius” is flawed, and yes, it’s really freaking cold.”
In addition he can celebrate Thanksgiving twice, the Canadian version in October and the American version in November.
So far the Miami Heat have stayed on the sidelines for good reason, because jumping the shark or making a trade for a trade’s sake isn’t always the best idea.
Joel Embiid’s extensive injury history raises questions on whether he can stay healthy all season.
I wouldn’t be surprised Emiid turns out as fragile as Kyrie Irving, who has been out numerous times since his college days.
The jury is still out on Jayson Tatum and Ben Simmons, because after one season NBA teams get a better read on the weaknesses of rookies and how to shut them down in their sophomore years.
The fit of a slow Brook Lopez with an athletic Giannis Antetokounmpo in Milwaukee, a reluctant Leonard in Toronto, or a Cleveland Cavaliers without James makes this season’s Eastern Conference playoff chase different than 2017-18.
The Heat have intriguing possibilities, such as will Hassan Whiteside go beyond his arrested adolescence in professional basketball?
Will the Heat ever take advantage of Bam Adebayo’s speed and quickness, instead of trying make him another Al Jefferson or Joe Johnson playing an old-man’s post-up game?
If Pat Riley savors pouncing on opportunities with disgruntled players, this summer may be heaven for him since he may still find a willing trade partner or two.