Raps betting odds improve after trade

19 July, 2018, 12:24 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Kawhi Leonard Spurs Raptors

"If Toronto can keep him it's a good deal for Toronto because they get the best player in the deal", one rival National Basketball Association executive said. "But talking heads out there have to have stories, and I get it.But all those stories that denigrated him in that regard were unfortunate and inaccurate".

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich and Kawhi Leonard part ways just two weeks after the Spurs let go of veteran Tony Parker.

Towards the end of their time together in San Antonio, Leonard and Popovich's relationship became so strained that everyone sort of knew that their one-on-one meeting in the summer wasn't going to fix something that was well beyond repair. Even though Kawhi has made it clear for quite some time that he didn't have any intention of ever suiting up in a Spurs jersey ever again, the moment is still bittersweet for a franchise that finally got to rid themselves of their disgruntled superstar despite the fact that he's a bona fide top 10 all-around player when healthy. Both Leonard and DeRozan are reportedly aware of the deal, and neither one is happy about the imminent trade, according to league sources. Now Leonard is finally getting traded and nobody is getting what they wanted.

"Mad respect for @DeMar DeRozan a classy player who has given his heart to a franchise ..." A Los Angeles native, Leonard will earn $20.1 million in Toronto in 2018-19. DeRozan will nearly certainly give San Antonio more next year than Leonard gave the Spurs last year. He played in nine games for the Spurs last season and was barely a factor.

Two other teams that were also linked to Leonard had their odds impacted by the deal. Second-best record in the regular season a year ago, behind only Houston.

"DeRozan gave everything to Toronto, everything they asked him to do from the standpoint of loyalty", Wade said.

Toronto is improved, but enough? That deal reportedly includes trading Danny Green to Toronto as well.

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