Oh, and if the deal falls through (like, because Leonard doesn't want to be there), it would be seem hard for DeRozan and the Raptors to work things out at this point. DeRozan also has expressed displeasure toward a possible move, becoming aware of the possibility late Tuesday night, league sources said.
San Antonio initially rebuked the Lakers' efforts to begin trade talks, then grew more receptive but with the caveat of asking for a significant haul in exchange for Leonard. His frustration is potentially stemming from a meeting in Las Vegas where, Haynes reports, he was told he wouldn't be traded. Wojnarowski reports DeRozan was informed overnight of the trade and the point guard posted the following on Instagram story Wednesday morning: "Be told one thing & outcome another". Additionally, Leonard would be ineligible for a supermax contract if he signs with a new team as a free agent next summer. Leonard is in the final year of his contract and it is widely known that his priority is to play in Los Angeles, preferably for the Lakers. Ain't no loyalty in this game.
In being traded to Toronto, Leonard and the Raptors possibly up their chances of competing in the Eastern Conference, returning most of the roster that earned a top playoff seed last season if they can convince Leonard to play for the team. "Sell you out quick for a little bit of nothing ..."
Leonard has one year and a player option left on his current deal and is set to make $20.1 million in 2018-19.