Kawhi Leonard may leave the Toronto Raptors to their first ever NBA championship - but he doesn't plan on being with the team past this year, MTO News has confirmed.
The news was confirmed by Kawhi's uncle, Dennis Robertson - who is the NBA star’s chief advisor.
After Kawhi's father’s death, Dennis told the San Antonio Express News that he stepped up. Dennis said, “Our family has always been close. It didn’t change the way I looked at things. I was happy to be there so my sister wouldn’t have to go through that process.” Leonard is quoted in the same feature as saying, “With my dad passing away, there aren’t too many men in the family and he’s a great guy to just talk to… He’s just been through life already; good guy to talk to.”
Yesterday Kawhi's sister posted a video celebrating the Raptor's (and Kawhi's) big win. In the video you can hear Dennis' voice. He says "You know he darn well won't be there next year."
Kawhi is a free agent after this season.
Here's the video:
After the confetti fell on the Raptors, fresh off of their 100-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday night that sent Toronto to the NBA Finals for the first time in history, the team's president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri was asked on TNT's telecast how the trade for Kawhi Leonard turned out.
"He's the best player in the league," Ujiri said as the sellout crowd inside Scotiabank Arena -- all 20,478 of whom were still in their seats -- roared in approval.
"And we're happy he's in Toronto."
Just as he has all throughout these playoffs, Leonard was dominant again in Game 6, finishing with 27 points, 17 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks to lead the Raptors to a fourth straight victory over the Bucks as Toronto -- the team that has fallen short so many times over the past few years -- finally had its day in the sun.