Ujiri will make the deal with a determination that he can sell Leonard on re-signing with the Raptors next summer in free agency, sources said. Now Leonard is finally getting traded and nobody is getting what they wanted.
Leonard doesn't want to play in Toronto, ESPN reported, but stands to make $20 million next season and seems to have no health concerns, indicating he might attend the US national team camp next week in Las Vegas.
The Raptors receive Kawhi Leonard, who is unquestionably the best player in the deal.
Two other teams that were also linked to Leonard had their odds impacted by the deal.
DeRozan reacted in an Instagram posting early Wednesday, seeming to say the Raptors told him he wouldn't be sent to San Antonio in a Leonard swap only to have it happen. He also loved the team back, re-signing here (for huge dollars) just a couple of years ago, the first player of his calibre to not eventually spurn the Raptors for somewhere in the United States. He has played for a championship team in San Antonio, was the playoff MVP, was twice National Basketball Association defensive player of the year, was four times an National Basketball Association all-defensive player and twice on the first all-star team at small forward.
Aldridge reports (via Twitter) that DeRozan is not backing off his claim that Toronto lied to him.
Leonard reportedly doesn't want to go to Toronto and DeRozan doesn't want to leave Toronto - although he ripped Raptors management for a betrayal, so all his warm and fuzzy feelings likely have gone south from The North. Without a physical, it's tough to gauge whether Leonard is healthy enough to play now, or if he's over the issue that cost him 73 games last season.
The Raptors take on Leonard, who they must convince to stick around past the 2018-19 season.
Leonard, 27, has made no secret of his desire to play in Los Angeles, which has a slightly different November climate than Toronto.
Wojnarowski tweeted after the initial ESPN report that the "trade is larger on both sides, and players are still being informed of their inclusion in the deal".
While Paul George did stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder, it is hard to imagine Leonard would do the same with the Toronto.
They thought he would be ready to start last season.
And if Leonard doesn't see the virtue in making Toronto home for the long term, the Lakers will be waiting.
And Leonard isn't the only party upset with the reported trade.
"Kawhi was a great teammate all the way through", Popovich said.