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Since the trade became official, the Toronto Raptors have had initial conversations with Kawhi Leonard and his camp and talks were positive, according to a report from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star.
There is no indication that Leonard will holdout or not come to training camp. The Raptors can fine Leonard for every practice and game he misses and it wouldn’t be a good look for the two-time Defensive Player of the Year.
ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski said on SportsCenter that Leonard was coming around on the idea of playing for a competitive team next season.
The Raptors had the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference last season and are essentially replacing DeMar DeRozan with Leonard.
Now that LeBron James is in the West, Toronto feels it has a great chance to get to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history with Leonard in the mix.
Per the report, Leonard has already reached out to some other NBA stars and discussed the idea of teaming up in 2019, when he becomes an unrestricted free agent. Leonard reportedly wants to play in Los Angeles.