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SportsKawhi Leonard's requests to Raptors reportedly 'unreasonable'

20:15  10 july  2019
20:15  10 july  2019 Source:   hoopsrumors.com

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The requests caused the Raptors to question whether Leonard was seriously considering them at all, according to Lewenberg. A belief that Kawhi was eyeing the Clippers all along prompted the Raptors to not get too invested in potential trade discussions with the Thunder.

Kawhi Leonard ' s negotiations with the Toronto Raptors reportedly broke down when his camp made " unreasonable " demands, TSN reports . The report labeled those demands " unreasonable ," and noted there was no way Raptors President Masai Ujiri could have delivered on them.

Kawhi Leonard's requests to Raptors reportedly 'unreasonable'© Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports The Raptors were confident entering free agency about their chances to re-sign NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.

The Raptors were confident entering free agency about their chances to re-sign NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, but that confidence began to waver after they met with Leonard and his uncle Dennis Robertson in Toronto last Wednesday, sources tell Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca.

According to Lewenberg, Leonard and his camp asked for a lot from the Raptors during that meeting — “things players don’t generally ask for in standard contract negotiations,” writes Lewenberg. One of Lewenberg’s sources describes those requests as “unreasonable,” suggesting that Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri wouldn’t have been able to meet them all even if he’d wanted to.

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Leonard was secretive about where he wanted to go and according to TSN' s Josh Lewenberg, he made it very difficult for the Raptors to keep him. Kawhi ' s infamous "Uncle Dennis" is believed to be at the forefront of these requests and has been known to be a bit of a nuisance in the past, especially

The Raptors Reportedly Doubted Kawhi Leonard ' s Desire to Re-Sign After ' Unreasonable ' Requests . When Raptors team president Masai Ujiri was recently asked whether Leonard and his camp were upfront with their intentions, he responded, "I think he was."

The requests caused the Raptors to question whether Leonard was seriously considering them at all, according to Lewenberg. A belief that Kawhi was eyeing the Clippers all along prompted the Raptors to not get too invested in potential trade discussions with the Thunder. Lewenberg suggests that those preliminary talks included Paul George, but not Russell Westbrook, and didn’t even reach the team’s highest-ranking executives.

Within his own look at the Leonard situation, Michael Grange of Sportsnet.ca conveys many of the same sentiments that Lewenberg did. According to Grange, as Leonard’s requests became more difficult to meet and communication became less constant, it became more clear that the Raptors weren’t his top priority, as one person close to the talks described it.

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TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 17: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors shoots a free throw during the second half of the NBA season opener against the According to a report from Josh Lewenberg of TSN, Leonard ’ s camp made “ unreasonable ” requests during their meeting with the Raptors .

Leonard ' s camp - most notably his uncle, Dennis Robertson - made " unreasonable " requests during negotiations, a source told TSN' s Josh Lewenberg. Raptors president Masai Ujiri wouldn't have been capable of fulfilling some of the reportedly unusual requests , causing the organization to question if

Grange adds that the Raptors’ contact with the Thunder in the hours leading up to Leonard’s announcement “may have been somewhat exaggerated.” Toronto tapped out fairly early once it was evident OKC was using talks with the Raptors as leverage.

Here’s more on the Raptors:

  • One Clippers official who spoke to Grange was relieved that his team was still able to land Kawhi after the success he enjoyed in Toronto in 2018-19: “The Raptors did everything right. We saw the parade, saw those pictures and figured that was it. We were done.”
  • Speaking to reporters, including Ryan Wolstat of The Toronto Sun, Ujiri suggested on Tuesday that he’s not exactly reeling from losing Leonard: “I think we got a great deal out of this. We won a championship, so we’re happy. And, honestly, it’s on to the next. This is the NBA and this is how it works. You can’t hide under the table and cry. Honestly, I’ve lost no sleep, I’m not disappointed. It’s on to what’s next. I’m telling Raptors fans and everybody, don’t lose one day of sleep, one second of sleep. We’re going to be just fine. We’re going to be alright.”
  • Don’t expect the next steps for the Raptors to involve an immediate tear-down. Sources tell Lewenberg that the team has no intention of moving veterans on expiring contracts – such as Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol, and Serge Ibaka – before the season. Of course, it’s possible that stance could change by the trade deadline if the Raps don’t have a great first half.
  • While there was a belief that Danny Green would lean toward re-signing with the Raptors and trying to defend their title if Leonard returned, that may not have been the case after all. According to Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News (via Twitter), Green told the Mavericks that he wouldn’t be returning to Toronto, and his choice came down to the Lakers vs. the Mavs.

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