NIKE, Jordan Brand To Cut Ties With Kawhi Leonard

28 July, 2018, 04:11 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Kawhi Leonard will have plenty of options in free agency next summer

Several NBA players have ripped the Toronto Raptors for showing no loyalty to DeMar DeRozan by trading him to the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard, but one National Hockey League player has a totally different outlook on the situation.

Before the Toronto deal, sources had said that Leonard was seriously considering participating as a means to showcase the status of his recovery to prospective trade partners.

Kawhi Leonard is officially a member of the Toronto Raptors after passing his physical with the team, according to a report by ESPN's Brian Windhorst on Tuesday night.

Danny Green, who was sent to the Raptors with Leonard, and DeMar DeRozan, now with the Spurs, also have passed their physicals.

Still, Green said he wishes he would have obtained a second opinion on his injury after learning during an exit physical at the end of the season that he had been playing with a torn groin.

Kawhi Leonard was traded by the San Antonio Spurs to the Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard was traded by the San Antonio Spurs to the Toronto Raptors

In reaction to these fairly recent rumors, ESPN's Michael C. Wright said on the latest episode of colleague Zach Lowe's podcast that Kawhi Leonard could have avoided his issues with the San Antonio Spurs by speaking up and telling the team that he also wanted to drive a luxury vehicle during the 2016 All-Star Weekend. They've always been great to me.

"I would feel it and they were like, my agent, 'Maybe you should get a second opinion.' I didn't want to, because I have full faith and believe in the Spurs staff", Green said.

According to Nick DePaula of ESPN, that deal won't be happening after he reported the Nike subsidiary will "let Leonard walk" when the two-time Defensive Player of the Year's contract expires in October.

Green, meanwhile, played 70 games for the Spurs in 2017-18 after missing five games in December due to the groin injury. 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. "It's one of the oddest situations I think I've seen since I've been in pro basketball", Robinson told host Rachel Nichols.

"I don't know how you can hate him".

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