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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. However, Leonard has apparently recovered enough to have passed his physical in Toronto, while Danny Green, who went with Leonard in the trade, is providing some support for his teammate's skepticism toward San Antonio's medical staff.

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.

Leonard last played in a game on January 13, and was limited to nine games with San Antonio last season. "(It says) slight strain, take a couple weeks off. 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. "But we never went back to check on it again because so many other injuries had happened", Green said.

Los Angeles and other teams with cap space could offer four years at $141 million; Toronto can reach five years, $190 million.

In June, The Express News reported that Leonard was "96, 97 percent" healed from the injury. Leonard was traveling to NY to see an orthopedic surgeon.

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

As recalled by the San Antonio Express-News on Sunday, Leonard originally seemed like the flawless player for a smaller-market team like the Spurs.

The Spurs also received Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round draft pick in the deal.

Spurs doctors had cleared Leonard to return to play, but he sought second opinions and did not return, making his health a question mark following the trade. "It's one of the oddest situations I think I've seen since I've been in pro basketball", Robinson told host Rachel Nichols.

"Nobody ever talks to Kawhi to know exactly what he's thinking or what's on his mind so the best way to monitor that or gauge it is by having him in your programme".





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