The Kawhi Leonard Raptors trade is finally official. Leonard, who missed almost all of last season with a quad injury, reportedly passed his physical, and is Toronto-bound.
For a short time after the trade, word was that Leonard was not interested in playing for the Raptors in 2018-19. Those concerns have been alleviated with subsequent reports, and one picture of Kawhi half-smiling with Raptors brass.
Now, he's taken the next step in making the signature trade of this NBA off-season official.
ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports that the Kawhi Leonard Raptors physical went well, and the deal is a go.
Leonard was dealt to Toronto along with shooting guard Danny Green.
The quad injury seems to be the major factor in the relationship between Kawhi and the Spurs breaking down. He was cleared to play by the team, but went with a second opinion and sat out the balance of the season after briefly returning for nine games at mid-season.
In June, The Express Newsreported that Leonard was "96, 97 percent" healed from the injury.
Leonard, who is still rehabbing from his quad injury, is close to feeling 100 percent – “He’s at 96, 97 percent,” a source told the Express-News – and anticipates being ready for the start training camp in September.
That's good news for the Raptors, who will have a year to try and convince one of the league's best players to stay up North for the long haul. At worst, the move makes the team a legitimate Eastern Conference title contender.