The 28-year-old DeRozan is a lethal scorer at the rim and from mid-range who finished eighth in the NBA's MVP balloting this past season.
Quite frankly, the window of title contention on this team is two years, at most.
The Raptors would nearly certainly need another 50+-win season and a deep playoff run if they want to convince Leonard to stay. Two years later, the Indiana Pacers selected Kawhi Leonard 15th overall and immediately traded him to the San Antonio Spurs.
From a basketball standpoint, Leonard will join a Raptors team that has been building a winning culture on a consistent basis and is better than the Lakers, even with LeBron there now, Setlur said. "How many players come to Toronto and don't want to leave?" "Soon you'll understand. Don't disturb".
They were a team that had gone from a 59-win, East-leading contender to an utter afterthought in the period of a few weeks. Following Leonard's injury in the 2016-2017 playoffs, he only played nine games in the 2017-2018 season. Getting nearly the maximum allowable cash from the Spurs to help cover some of that cost should the Raptors remain deep into the tax and maybe even if they want to continue to add, though they're already projected well into the luxury tax as is with 13 players under contract. Through 20 years of general irrelevance, the team struggled to be merely competent. "Now it's on Toronto to try to recruit him, keep him".
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Football shirt, rain, crying, hair ruined, doesn't give a damn."A third said: "Nothing can replace the human touch". After the match, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic was seen giving hugs to all the players from both teams.
With the move, Masai Ujiri has changed the face of a Raptors team that has been a big-time performer in the regular season in recent years, but failed to meet postseason expectations. That process repeated itself last off-season, with Lowry and Serge Ibaka both re-signing with contract lengths that matched DeRozan's. While this trade looks good now, it could easily deteriorate into another Isaiah Thomas situation once they have to conduct his physical. For DeRozan, who has often professed his love for Toronto, the initial reaction seemed to be one of anger and frustration.
"He was incredibly gracious and very humble", Best said.
But Ujiri made a decision to not wait around to find out.
In a statement to CBC Toronto, the executive director of Lupus Canada, Leanne Mielczarek, said DeRozan's work with her organization "has been instrumental in helping create awareness of this under-funded and under-recognized disease".