The Toronto Raptors have agreed to trade DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick to the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, ESPN reported.
The two teams had reportedly been discussing the trade for two weeks and had even put together different versions of a trade package, despite DeRozan’s belief that he would not be dealt. In a post on his Instagram page Wednesday morning, DeRozan expressed his dismay.
“Be told one thing & the outcome another,” he wrote. “Can’t trust em. Ain’t no loyalty in this game. Sell you out quick for a little bit of nothing… Soon you’ll understand… Don’t disturb…”
Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri will reportedly make the deal with the option that he could sell Leonard on resigning w ith the Raptors next summer in free agency. Toronto would be able to offer Leonard a five-year, $190 million contract next summer, and If Leonard leave the team at that time, he could sign a four-year, $141 million deal with a team with the available salary-cap space. Leonard has been outspoken about his desire to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers once he becomes a free agent.
Meanwhile, DeRozan still has three years and $83 million remaining on his contract, which includes an early-termination option for the 2020-21 season.