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SportKawhi Leonard's camp made 'unreasonable' demands to Raptors, report says

18:55  12 july  2019
18:55  12 july  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Leonard ' s camp - most notably his uncle, Dennis Robertson - made " unreasonable " requests during negotiations, a source told TSN' s Josh Lewenberg. Asked about the process of dealing with Leonard ' s camp , Ujiri hinted the Finals MVP himself was the only one who was completely upfront

Kawhi Leonard is an exceptional NBA player at the peak of his powers. Any team would love to have him on the roster, but dealing with his uncle, Dennis Josh Lewenberg, the Toronto Raptors beat reporter for TSN, cited sources in an article that said Leonard ’ s camp , namely Robertson, made

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Kawhi Leonard's negotiations with the Toronto Raptors reportedly broke down when his camp made "unreasonable" demands, TSN reports.

The Clippers, of course, this week signed the free agent forward to a deal reportedly for three years and $103 million. Leonard will team up with newly acquired Paul George in a suddenly loaded L.A. lineup.

Still, Toronto had hoped to convince Leonard to return. Raptors officials met with Leonard and his uncle, Dennis Robertson, in Toronto on July 3. According to the TSN report, which cited unidentified sources: "Leonard and his camp — namely Uncle Dennis — asked for a lot from the Raptors in that meeting, things players don’t generally ask for in standard contract negotiations."

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Their requests were “ unreasonable ”, a source said , which made the Raptors wonder whether Leonard was seriously considering them at all. Maybe Robertson’ s requests were unreasonable . But that’ s not for him to decide. He probably gave Toronto accurate parameters for what it’d take to

In the report , it states that Leonard ' s camp had " unreasonable " requests for the Raptors and that team president Masai Ujiri quickly became suspicious about Kawhi ' s intentions. "I know what we’re dealing with here and I appreciate what the process was," Ujiri said . "I know free agency, I know how

The report labeled those demands "unreasonable," and noted there was no way Raptors President Masai Ujiri could have delivered on them. The NBA Finals MVP's demands reportedly "made the Raptors wonder whether Leonard was seriously considering them at all."

When asked whether he thought Leonard had been upfront in his negotiations, Ujiri told TSN, “I think he was." After pausing, he added, “Kawhi was.”

Read into that pause what you will about Ujiri's thoughts on Leonard's camp. Whatever the intent there, the Raptors are moving on.

“I know what we’re dealing with here and I appreciate what the process was,” Ujiri said. “I know free agency, I know how it works. It’s not my first rodeo. You know things are going to go up and down. This was a different kind of free agency. It was high stakes and we understood that.”

As previously reported, one of the topics Leonard reportedly broached involved the possibility of Toronto acquiring George from the Thunder, although TSN notes, "a deal with Oklahoma City was never as close as some have reported."

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Ujiri said multiple times that he's confident with where the Raptors stand now, and the focus will shift to developing their young players. "Everybody feels very confident," Ujiri added. "Our team is set up very well, and we're confident with the guys that we have and obviously going forward, we have the requirements of what a team needs to tackle what's next.

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