Kawhi Leonard passes physical with Toronto Raptors

Kawhi Leonard will have plenty of options in free agency next summer

Leonard's injury was initially announced by the Spurs in September as a case of right quadriceps tendinopathy that would keep him out for preseason games.

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.

Leonard reportedly demanded a trade out of San Antonio after he had a tense relationship with the team during his rehab process. He claimed that after an initial diagnosis of a "slight strain" and a course of rehabilitation that kept him out for a few games, he continued to experience discomfort but team doctors did not send him to a specialist or perform another examination until the end of the season, when it was revealed that the strain had worsened into a groin tear. I tried to play again. For me, I understood they were trying to go in a different direction. I'd feel it. My agent [Joe Branch said], "Maybe we should get a second opinion.' I didn't want to because I have full faith and believe in the Spurs" staff. "They've always done a hell of a job". Popovich, the Spurs' head coach, openly expressed his exasperation with Leonard last season during the forward's protracted injury absence.

Other All-Stars that will be sneaker free agents leading into the 2018-19 season include Philadelphia Sixers big man Joel Embiid, who is now with Adidas, as well as Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward and Golden State Warriors center, DeMarcus Cousins, both of whom now rep for Nike.

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

Whether it's in San Antonio or Toronto, a Raptors-Spurs matchup has the makings of an attention-grabber, especially on Opening Night, when millions of National Basketball Association fans will tune in to ESPN, TNT or another network.

Los Angeles and other teams with cap space could offer four years at $141 million; Toronto can reach five years, $190 million. He has averaged 16.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game over his seven-year career.

Leonard played a major role in helping the franchise secure its fifth championship in 2014 and was named as the Finals MVP.

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