Raptors Roundup is a weekly segment where we fill you in on everything you missed out on last week including Kawhi Leonard, Chris Boucher, and reports of more deals to come.
Kawhi Leonard Trade:
In case you haven’t heard, the Toronto Raptors have traded for Kawhi Leonard.
In total the trade consisted of DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a lightly protected first round pick for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. Next season, the deal will almost certainly improve the Raptors on the basketball court.
The deal did not come without some controversy. DeMar, a staple and model player the past nine seasons, stated that he was lied to in during Summer League.
Team President Masai Ujiri vehemently states otherwise and has apologized to DeMar for any miscommunication. To read more on Masai Ujiri and his reaction to trade criticism: Check out here.
Chris Boucher signed:
The Toronto Raptors have added another piece to their 15-man roster….. probably. The team signed power forward Chris Boucher to a non-guaranteed “training camp” deal.
Boucher is a long, athletic power forward, who showed flashes of a three-pointer in the G-League last season. You can read full breakdown of Chris Boucher and what he offers: Here.
Another deal imminent?
Ian Begley has reported that the Raptors are still not done trading, with the main objective being to shed salary/ lessen next year’s luxury bill.
Several opposing executives say the Toronto Raptors remain motivated to shed salary via trade following the Kawhi Leonard deal earlier this week.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) July 20, 2018
Several possibilities exist for Toronto, including the possibility of trading Norman Powell.
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