July 18, 2018, 10:36 pmKawhi LeonardF, Toronto Raptors
Despite initial reports that Kawhi Leonard had no intentions of playing for the Raptors, it's now being reported that he's warming up to the idea and may enter the season with an open mind.
The sales pitch begins for Masai Ujiri. There were a number of rumors out there today that Kawhi would consider sitting out the entire year but there's an even greater number of reasons that'd be foolish — crushing his own leverage in pursuit of a big money deal and potentially delaying his own free agency the big two among them. Early talks have reportedly been positive between Leonard and the Raptors, and he hasn't indicated any willingness to hold out. It's also added that Ujiri never outright promised DeMar DeRozan that he wouldn't be traded, so something might've been lost in translation during the recent Vegas meeting. Assuming Kawhi is healthy, he should be good for first-round fantasy production. His ADP will be fascinating to track in the coming months.
Source: Toronto Star