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Former NBA GM Makes Bold Prediction For Kawhi Leonard, Raptors

kawhi leonard runs onto the court during a pregame introduction

Kawhi Leonard is a member of the Toronto Raptors. In case you missed it, the San Antonio Spurs sent Leonard and Danny Green to the Raptors for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltel and a protected pick.

Following the trade, reports emerged that Kawhi could hold out for the entire season after getting traded to a team he didn't want to be on. Those reports were discounted almost immediately, and the Raptors reportedly had successful meetings with Leonard in the days after the trade.

Now, Leonard and the Raptors seem like a logical fit. NBA insider David Griffin thinks the Leonard situation could be similar to that of Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

George signed with the Thunder in the 2017 offseason, and just signed a multi-year deal with the team. Kawhi can become a free agent following the 2018 season, putting Toronto in a similar situation as the Thunder this offseason.

Griffin detailed the possible relationship between Raptors head coach Nick Nurse and his new star.

"He's going to put Kawhi in some positions that maybe he wanted to be and wasn't. That's not going to say he's a better coach than [Gregg Popovich] that's not at all what I'm trying to say...I really think this has the makings of a long term relationship."

Here are Griffin's full comments.

Leonard has a new home, and if all goes well during his first season with the team, he could become a mainstay in Toronto. Although, Kawhi allegedly wants to head back to Los Angeles to play for either the Lakers or the Clippers.

The 2018-19 season will carry with it plenty of interesting storylines.