Kawhi Leonard’s negotiations with the Toronto Raptors reportedly broke down when his camp made “unreasonable” calls for, TSN reviews .
The Clippers, in fact, this week signed the free agent ahead to a deal reportedly for 3 years and $103 million. Leonard will staff up with newly acquired Paul George in a out of the blue loaded L.A. lineup.
Nonetheless, Toronto had hoped to persuade Leonard to return. Raptors officers met with Leonard and his uncle, Dennis Robertson, in Toronto on July 3. In line with the TSN report, which cited unidentified sources: “Leonard and his camp – namely Uncle Dennis – asked for a lot from the Raptors in that meeting, things players don’t generally ask for in standard contract negotiations.”
The report labeled these calls for “unreasonable,” and famous there was no approach Raptors President Masai Ujiri might have delivered on them. The NBA Finals MVP’s calls for reportedly “made the Raptors wonder whether Leonard was seriously considering them at all.”
When requested whether or not he thought Leonard had been upfront in his negotiations, Ujiri instructed TSN, “I think he was.” After pausing, he added, “Kawhi was.”
Learn into that pause what you’ll about Ujiri’s ideas on Leonard’s camp. Regardless of the intent there, the Raptors are shifting on.
“I know what we’re dealing with here and I appreciate what the process was,” Ujiri mentioned. “I know free agency, I know how it works. It’s not my first rodeo. You know things are going to go up and down. This was a different kind of free agency. It was high stakes and we understood that.”
As beforehand reported, one of many subjects Leonard reportedly broached concerned the potential for Toronto buying George from the Thunder, though TSN notes, “a deal with Oklahoma City was never as close as some have reported.”