Kawhi Leonard passes physical with Toronto Raptors


We get it. Leonard is a man of few words and incredibly reserved (even by Spurs standards), but it says a lot that the two have spoken so few times since Leonard joined the team in 2011.

Meanwhile, sources told ESPN's Chris Haynes that Leonard will not attend Team USA minicamp in Las Vegas next week.

Leonard will reportedly spend the week preparing to transition to his new team.

Leonard was one of 35 players invited to the Nevada desert. According to the Express-News, Leonard noticed that other All-Star players such as Russell Westbrook were eschewing the NBA's standard transportation options and driving around in private luxury cars. This was also observed by his advisers, including his uncle, Dennis Robertson, who saw potential in Leonard as a "top-shelf star and global brand".

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The imminent Kawhi Leonard trade kept most of the National Basketball Association in suspense throughout the latter part of the regular season and the offseason, as many franchises were on their toes, readying a package suitable enough to warrant his services.

"This comes down to what the issue has always been between the Spurs and Kawhi Leonard, that's communication", said Wright, as quoted by NESN.

Kawhi Leonard's mysterious thigh injury was enough to keep him keep him shelved for nearly all of last season, as he engaged in an increasingly acrimonious standoff with the Spurs that resulted in his trade last week to the Raptors. "Just because Kawhi got a second opinion, you can't knock him for that".

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.