Trade call with league expected to take place Wednesday
According to multiple reports, the Toronto Raptors appear to be on the verge of finalizing a blockbuster trade.
The reports have the Raptors sending all-star DeMar DeRozan to the San Antonio Spurs in a deal that will see fellow all-star Kawhi Leonard come to Toronto.
ESPN reported the full deal has Leonard and guard Danny Green going to the Raptors for DeRozan, forward Jakob Poetl and a protected 2019 first-round pick.
Leonard has only one year left on his contract and has been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers.
ESPN reports that DeRozan was under the impression he would not be traded based on a meeting with Raptors officials in Las Vegas during summer league earlier this month.
DeRozan, a Raptors draft pick who has played his entire career in Toronto, posted an Instagram story overnight.
Both DeRozan and Leonard are scheduled to appear in Las Vegas next week at a USA Basketball training camp — one that will be led by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
You could argue the NBA off-season has created more shocking headlines than the league’s regular season in recent years and this blockbuster deal adds fuel to that fire, to say the least.
As you’d expect, NBA Twitter is going absolutely bananas right now. Here’s some of the best reaction.
No matter what…When I think of Toronto Raptors Basketball… I think of DeMar Derozan…He deserves a statue…🤷🏾♂️🤷🏾♂️💯💯💯
— DeMarre Carroll (@DeMarreCarroll1) July 18, 2018
Dear fans of Toronto,
It’s time you guys build a statue of @DeMar_DeRozan Regardless of what happens. He deserves it. 🇨🇦
— Terrence Ross (@TFlight31) July 18, 2018
Is gonna be hard/weird checking the Raptors without @DeMar_DeRozan .
He is gonna be missed!
Good luck in your new challenge!!!
You will be even better amigo!
— jose manuel calderon (@JmCalderon) July 18, 2018
Of all the iterations …. this would have to be at the best that the Raptors could hope for: keeping Siakam and Anunoby is huge. Green an excellent pick-up; Raptors 2019 first-round pick (vs. future picks) likely in 25-30 range. https://t.co/NC0hKSHZAz
— Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) July 18, 2018
We're really not gonna have these moments anymore pic.twitter.com/TkUD9ldeGC
— Vivek Jacob (@VivekMJacob) July 18, 2018