Kawhi Leonard didn't want to play for the Toronto Raptors - at least, the Eastern Conference franchise wasn't on his list of preferred destinations when he requested a trade out of San Antonio - but he's clearly made the best of his time in Canada.
The All-NBA forward has led the Raptors to the NBA Finals, where the Golden State Warriors await with a championship on the line.
Leonard, who is set to hit free agency this summer, could opt to re-sign in Toronto, though it's still somewhat unclear how he feels about the franchise and the city itself.
The NBA star's uncle, known around the league as "Uncle Dennis," shared some of his nephew's thoughts in an interview with Yahoo! Sports.
“When you are initially traded somewhere you didn’t asked to be, you don’t want to accept it,” Dennis Robertson told Yahoo Sports. “But once you get through that period, the focus then turns to giving your all and performing at a high level. It never had anything to do with the city of Toronto. It wasn’t. Toronto is a beautiful city. Kawhi has often spoke highly of Toronto. It’s a beautiful place. That was just an initial reaction, which is normal. But we’re enjoying this run and looking forward to the Finals.”
He added that Kawhi isn't thinking about his free agency decision right now.
Teams like the Clippers and Lakers and Knicks are getting mentioned as potential destinations, though that's not on their mind at the moment.
“I can’t get into other free agents and other teams, but for Kawhi, he’s going to take it one day and one game at a time,” Robertson told Yahoo Sports. “We have a championship opportunity in front of us. We’re not thinking about free agency; it’s the Warriors [right now]. Once we get through the season, we’ll turn our attention to free agency. But we’re just having fun right now. This has been a great year.”
For now, it's all about the NBA Finals, which begin on Thursday.
Game 1 is set for 9 p.m. E.T.
It'll air on ABC.