Taylor says Forbes took the children from Michigan without her permission in June after their relationship failed; Forbes said he was worried about his sons’ well-being. While Taylor has a small income from working at an eyeglasses store, Forbes made a half-million last year in his rookie NBA year and his income likely will increase from there. He counts Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Amy Krause as a family friend. The judge testified as a character witness for Forbes in a referee hearing.
July 23, 2018 | 1:25 pm EDT Update
The Raptors certainly want to try and convince Leonard to stay, and they have a story to tell — about their team, their organization, and their city/country that is unique among NBA franchises. Maybe Leonard and Kyle Lowry hit it off off the floor the way Lowry and DeMar DeRozan did. Maybe Toronto’s legendary Director of Sports Science, Alex McKechnie — who has worked wonders with NBA players for two-plus decades — gets in front of him and finds something that works to rapidly improve Leonard’s quad.
Trading a four-time All-Star, even for a top-five player (when healthy), is not a guarantee of success, and is a bigger gamble when Leonard made his geographic preferences going forward clear. But Leonard is that good, and he just turned 27.