Kawhi Leonard passes physical with Toronto Raptors

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On Tuesday, however, ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported that Leonard had passed his physical with the Raptors, thus completing the trade.

Kawhi Leonard is said to be intent on signing with the Lakers when he becomes a free agent next summer, but that didn't stop the Raptors from giving up their best player to acquire him via trade. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is the coach of that team. He will assemble the squad that is expected to compete in the 2019 World Cup in China and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Reacting to a report from the "San Antonio Express-News, ' 'ESPN's" Michael C. Wright said Leonard could have avoided his rift with the Spurs had he spoken up about his issues during the 2016 All-Star Weekend.

Despite his many accolades, which include two Defensive Player of the Year awards and the 2014 NBA Finals MVP award, Leonard carried himself in a similarly "stoic" manner as the Spurs' former franchise player, Tim Duncan, and mostly focused on his game, with little regard for his celebrity status.

Leonard spent his first seven seasons in the National Basketball Association with the Spurs, appearing in a total of 407 games and averaging 16.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists.

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"I could have got a second opinion, so I see where Kawhi is coming from when he's got his second opinion".

That never happened, with Leonard declining to even show up for the Spurs' playoff games while using NY as a base for his medical treatments and recovery efforts.

For a short time after the trade, word was that Leonard was not interested in playing for the Raptors in 2018-19.

Leonard, who appeared in just nine games last season due to injury, was featured in Jordan Brand's "Like Mike" campaign earlier this year but he's not exactly the type of guy who is adept at marketing products, especially in the social media era.

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