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.
Uncle Dennis: Kawhi’s injury caused Spurs breach of trust
For Kawhi it is already the third Finals participation, he won a title with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014 and was Finals MVP. However, the relationship between the franchise and Leonard worsened after Kawhi’s quadriceps injury.
“There was no trust,” Uncle Dennis complained. “They did not believe Kawhi could not play. Why would not Kawhi want to play? He’s a fighter, but he had too much pain.”
This was the reason for the Leonard Camp to demand a trade, which ultimately resulted in a trade, where San Antonio sent the former Finals MVP in exchange for DeMar DeRozan to Toronto.
After the season Leonard could leave the Raptors. Toronto can offer him more than any other team (5 years, 190 million), while other bidders can put a maximum of 4 years and about 140 million dollars on the table.
As for the free agency, however, Uncle Dennis said:
“I can not speak for other free agents, but Kawhi only thinks from game to game, we have the chance to win a title, we do not think of the Free Agency.” For Kawhi and his camp, the focus is now fully on the Warriors and a great end to the season. “It was a great year, it’s really fun,” said Robertson.