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Uncle Dennis raves about Toronto and shares on free agency


Kawhi Leonard has brought the Toronto Raptors into the Finals with strong performances. For the Raptors the trade has paid off, now it is hoped The Claw will stay in Canada. Kawhi's uncle, Dennis Robertson, who is likely to have a big impact on Leonard's career, talked about the Raptors but was also asked about free agency.

In the process, Uncle Dennis, as Robertson is known in NBA circles, admitted that Toronto was not his nephew's desired destination.

"If you're being traded where you did not want to go, it's hard to accept," Robertson told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

"It's never been about the city of Toronto," Robertson insisted. "Toronto is a beautiful city, Kawhi has always stressed that out, it was just about the reaction right after the trade, so we're enjoying the time right now and looking forward to the finals."

Thanks mainly to Leonard, the Raptors are now for the first time in their franchise history in the NBA finals. The 27-year-old put in so far in the postseason on average 31.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 3.8 assists.

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