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Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors come to San Antonio to take on the Spurs on January 3rd and tickets at AT&T Center will be very expensive.
According to Ticketmaster, tickets for this game top out at $2,250, with the lowest price at $69 for seats at the top of the venue. Almost anywhere else will see consumers pay triple digits, even in the upper level (h/t Forbes.com).
Leonard and the Raptors will only make one trip to San Antonio in 2018-19 and AT&T Center will obviously be sold out that night. The demand for those tickets will be high, so the Spurs are taking full advantage by making the tickets more costly than usual.
Leonard only played in nine games this past season due to a lingering quadriceps injury. Tony Parker‘s comments about his quad injury being “a hundred times worse” than the ailment Leonard dealt with was the “last straw” for Leonard, according to ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski.
Although cleared by team doctors to return, Leonard was never cleared by his own doctors to play.
Parker and Manu Ginobili reportedly led a players-only meeting in which Spurs veterans asked Leonard whether he planned to return. Leonard was caught off guard by the meeting and left the team for New York to rehab his injury.
Leonard will become an unrestricted free-agent after this season. The Raptors can offer Leonard almost $50 million more than any other team in 2019, including a fifth year.
In 407 games with the Spurs, Leonard averaged 16.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He won Defensive Player of the Year two times and was the 2013-14 Finals MVP.