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Cris Carter Says There Is No Way Kawhi Leonard Ends Up With This Team

A view of Kawhi Leonard crouching down from the side.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

We're now in mid-July and Kawhi Leonard is still a San Antonio Spur. Many expected him to be traded by now, but it hasn't happened.

There aren't many teams that will be able to make a Kawhi trade work at this point, but the Toronto Raptors appear to be one of them. They have a veteran star in DeMar DeRozan who could go to San Antonio in return, plus they have cap space and some young pieces to put around Leonard, even if it is only for a year before he becomes a free agent.

However, FS1's Cris Carter is adamant that Leonard will not go North of the border. He's close to Kawhi, and said this morning on "First Things First" that it won't happen.

"I'll let you know; he's not going to Toronto," Carter said. "I have warned people."

Carter again reiterated that Leonard wants to go to Los Angeles, either to play for the Clippers or the Lakers. The 27-year-old star does not have a problem passing on the super max contract with San Antonio, says Carter.

"For Kawhi, it says that money is not his No. 1 motivator," Carter said. "He believes in his heart of hearts, that in Los Angeles, he'll be a happier person. That's playing basketball with the Clippers or with the Lakers."

Carter also added that Leonard is "not happy" with San Antonio's organization, comparing it to the New England Patriots.

"That means that certain players are going to love it, and then certain players it's going to rub them the wrong way," he said.

You can view all of Carter's comments below.

San Antonio can afford to wait for a while until they trade Leonard. In fact, they probably don't have to make a deal until training camp in October.

It appears pretty obvious that Leonard will be playing in LA in 2019-20. He will be a free agent next summer and wants to be back home in California.

The question remains if he can get there this coming season.