The Toronto Raptors general manager, Masai Ujiri, has weighed in again on Kawhi Leonard’s decision to leave the team in free agency, signing with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Leonard spent one season in Toronto, leading the Raptors to their first-ever championship, as they took down the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.
The Raptors obviously would’ve loved to have Leonard back, but they’re not losing any confidence without him.
Ujiri told reporters on Tuesday night that he’s lost “no sleep” over Leonard’s decision and the fans should be doing the same.
“There’s no time to go out and cry. Honestly, I’ve lost no sleep. I’m not disappointed. It’s on to what’s next. I’m telling Raptors fans, don’t lose one day of sleep, one second of sleep. We’re going to be just fine. We’re going to be all right,” he said.
Masai on Kawhi's decision: "There's no time to go out and cry. Honestly, I've lost no sleep. I'm not disappointed. It's on to what's next. I'm telling Raptors fans, don't lose one day of sleep, one second of sleep. We're going to be just fine. We're going to all right."
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) July 10, 2019
Raptors fans have to love hearing that.
Toronto likely won’t be among the Eastern Conference favorites in 2019-20 – Milwaukee and Philadelphia likely hold those titles – though the Raptors do bring back basically everyone but Leonard.
If Ujiri has another big move up his sleeve, the Raptors could get right back into NBA Finals contention.