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DeMar DeRozan traded to Spurs from Raptors in deal for Kawhi
The San Antonio Spurs acquired guard/forward DeMar DeRozan from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for guard/forwards Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green.
The Spurs also landed 2016 lottery pick Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick in the deal. With little depth behind him on the wings, DeRozan should see even more opportunity on offense in San Antonio after recording a 29.2 usage rate for Toronto last year. He turns 29 in August.
DeRozan averaged 37.0 FanDuel points in 80 games for the Raptors last season, with 23.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.1 3-pointers in 33.9 minutes per contest.
Raptors receive Danny Green in trade with Spurs
The Toronto Raptors acquired guard/forward Danny Green from the San Antonio Spurs in a deal that also netted guard/forward Kawhi Leonard and yielded power forward Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick.
Green figures to compete with C.J. Miles, OG Anunoby, and Norm Powell for minutes in Toronto but the 31-year-old should have an opportunity to open the year in the starting lineup. He's shot below 40.0 percent in three straight seasons following a breakout 2014-15 campaign.
Green averaged 19.6 FanDuel points in 70 games (60 starts) for the Spurs last season, with 8.6 points, 1.7 3-pointers, 3.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.1 blocks per contest.
Spurs acquire Jakob Poeltl, protected 2019 first-rounder from Raptors in Kawhi deal
The San Antonio Spurs acquired power forward Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick in exchange for guard/forward Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Wojnarowski says the pick is top-20 protected for 2019 but that it will become a pair of second-round selections after one year. Poeltl, 22, was taken by the Raptors with the 9th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.
Poeltl averaged 17.3 FanDuel points in 82 games for the Raptors last season while recording 6.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.5 steals, and 1.2 blocks in 18.6 minutes per contest.
Raptors reportedly land Kawhi Leonard from Spurs in exchange for DeMar DeRozan
The Toronto Raptors have reached an agreement in principle to acquire guard/forward Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for a package that includes guard/forward DeMar DeRozan, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
According to Woj, the trade is set to be finalized later on Wednesday and more players are involved on both sides. Leonard is set to become a free agent next summer and there are concerns about his troublesome quad, but even with the risk, this is a huge acquisition for a Raptors franchise that has repeatedly failed to get over the hump in the postseason. Kawhi turned 27 in June. On the other side of things, DeRozan could be even more active on offense in San Antonio after posting a 29.2 usage rate with the Raptors last season.
Kawhi only played 210 minutes last year, bu in the 2016-17 season he averaged a career-high 25.5 points per game on a 54.1 effective field goal percentage while adding 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.8 steals, and 0.7 blocks per game.
Garrett Temple traded from Sacramento to Memphis
The Sacramento Kings are trading guard Garrett Temple to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for guard Ben McLemore, forward/center Deyonta Davis and cash, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The 32-year-old Temple stands to see a sizable role in the Grizzlies' rotation on the wing, replacing McLemore, whose 19.5 minuets per game were inflating by the Grizzlies' injury woes last year.
Temple averaged a career-best 8.4 points, along with 2.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.9 steals in 24.8 minutes per game last season. His .512 effective field goal percentage was the second-highest of his career, and the Kings' defensive rating was 1.1 points better when he was on the floor than when he was off.
Spurs' Kawhi Leonard may participate in Team USA minicamp
San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard is considering participating in minicamp for Team USA next week, per Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.
This would be a chance for Leonard to show other teams how healthy he is after missing most of the 2017-18 season with a quad injury, which could advance trade talks if there are any squads concerned about the injury. This would also be an opportunity for Kawhi to work more with Spurs' head coach Gregg Popovich, which could provide an opportunity for the two to find common ground and might increase the likelihood of Leonard staying in San Antonio.
Kawhi only played 210 minutes last year, bu in the 2016-17 season he averaged a career-high 25.5 points per game on a 54.1% effective field goal percentage while adding 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.7 blocks per game.
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