Kawhi Leonard revelation made over chances of staying with Toronto Raptors

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Several NBA players have ripped the Toronto Raptors for showing no loyalty to DeMar DeRozan by trading him to the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard, but one National Hockey League player has a totally different outlook on the situation. Leonard possibly was going to use the event as a chance to showcase the status of his recovery.

Reacting to a report from the "San Antonio Express-News, ' 'ESPN's" Michael C. Wright said Leonard could have avoided his rift with the Spurs had he spoken up about his issues during the 2016 All-Star Weekend.

Green noted that he strained his groin against Boston in December, but still played 70 games over the course of the season.

"When I hear him talk about the bitterness and the disrespect and all that type of stuff, it's like, you didn't get traded to frickin' Cleveland", Lucic added.

Danny Green, who was sent to the Raptors with Leonard, and DeMar DeRozan, now with the Spurs, also have passed their physicals. They've always been great to me.

That news is particularly noteworthy given that one of the big reasons for Leonard's ultimate departure was the year-long saga about his injured quad, suffered during the 2017 postseason.

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Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder under acrimonious circumstances

Leonard's injury was initially announced by the Spurs in September as a case of right quadriceps tendinopathy that would keep him out for preseason games. Leonard, who missed nearly all of last season with a quad injury, reportedly passed his physical, and is Toronto-bound.

Leonard skipping camp means there won't be a reunion of sorts anytime soon between he and head coach Gregg Popovich, who is leading the National Team.

Spurs doctors had cleared Leonard to return to play, but he sought second opinions and did not return, making his health a question mark following the trade.

"You know, it's hard to get Kawhi to say three words to you".

"I don't think it was due to ill relationships or bad terms with people - regardless of the situation, it happened..." he said on his "Inside The Green Room" podcast.

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