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2018 ScheduleAll times ET
- 3/3L 116-112
- 3/5W 100-98
- 3/8L 110-107
- 3/10L 104-94
- 3/12L 109-93
- 3/13W 108-72
- 3/15W 98-93
- 3/17W 117-101
- 3/19W 89-75
- 3/21W 98-90
- 3/23W 124-120
- 3/25L 106-103
- 3/27L 116-106
- 3/29W 103-99
- 4/1W 100-83
- 4/3L 113-110
- 4/4L 122-112
- 4/7W 116-105
- 4/9W 98-85
- 4/11L 122-98
- 4/14L 113-92
- 4/16L 116-101
- 4/19L 110-97
- 4/22W 103-90
- 4/24L 99-91
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What else could the Spurs have gotten for Kawhi? It's complicated.
Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks, Andrew Han and Kevin Pelton sort out the parts of the Kawhi Leonard trade to Toronto (2:30), how good a DeMar DeRozan-led Spurs team could be (20:50), how good a Kawhi Leonard-Raptors team could be (28:10) and reactions to other league news (33:30).
With the Spurs sending Kawhi Leonard to the Raptors, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich says it's "time to move on."
How will Toronto and San Antonio move on? Zach Lowe breaks down the trade and its major implications on all sides.
DeMar DeRozan expected to be a Raptor for life, so when he was traded on Wednesday, his reaction on Instagram was strong -- as was that of his NBA colleagues.
What will the Spurs and Raptors look like after the Kawhi Leonard swap? Kevin Pelton grades the deal.
Bobby Marks ESPN
Here are the financial implications for San Antonio: The Spurs now have a projected payroll of $121.3M and $2.4M below the luxury tax. DeMar DeRozan has a cap hit of $27.7M for the next three seasons with a player option in 2020-21. Jakob Poeltl is under contract for the next two seasons with a salary of $2.9M and $3.8M (team option). The team option can be exercised from when the trade is finalized up until October 31 of this year. For 2019-20, San Antonio has $109M in team salary that factors in the $16M contract of Pau Gasol. The contract has $6.7M in guaranteed money that becomes fully protected if he is not waived by July 10, 2019.
Bobby Marks ESPN
Here is the contract breakdown for the main principles in the Toronto and San Antonio trade: Kawhi Leonard has two years left on his contract with a cap hit of $20.1M and $21.3M. The second year is a player option that Leonard is likely to opt-out of. Leonard has a 15% trade bonus of $3M that will be added to his 2018-19 salary. The Spurs will be responsible for paying the bonus but the $23.1M cap hit will count against the cap for the Raptors. Leonard is extension eligible 6 months after the trade for a contract of four years, $108. The Raptors will inherit his bird rights and can sign him to a five year, $189.6M (starting salary of $32.7M) contract in the summer of 2019 when he is a free agent. Signing with a team that has cap space would see Leonard receive a contract of four years, $140.6M. Because of the trade, Leonard is not super max eligible to receive a contract of $221M. In essence, the forward could lose $80M from this trade if he signs with a new team next summer. DeMar DeRozan is under contract through the 2020-21 season with a cap hit of $27.7M for each season. The guard has a player option for the 2020-21 season.
The Toronto Raptors have acquired forward Kawhi Leonard in a larger trade package that sends guard DeMar DeRozan and a first-round pick to the San Antonio Spurs.
San Antonio is facing a significant transitional period without Kawhi Leonard. But the franchise has been preparing for this moment.
Here's the timeline of events between the Spurs and Kawhi Leonard that led to a trade with Toronto.
The Raptors are finalizing a deal to acquire Spurs All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard in a trade package that includes All-Star DeMar DeRozan, league sources told ESPN.
Russillo loved the World Cup but questions if soccer is growing in the US, plus he talks Le'Veon Bell's contract, the Raptors interest in Kawhi and a thought on LeSean McCoy.
If Kawhi Leonard attends the USA Basketball national team minicamp, it will give Spurs coach Gregg Popovich another chance to talk with the two-time All-Star -- and other teams can evaluate his return from injury.