“If you would’ve told me last year we’d be in this position, I’d be happy with it. So, I’m happy with where we are,” Wiggins told Yahoo Sports. “It’s a battle. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. It’s hard but that’s what we’re for, what we asked for. It’s competition, it’s what we love. I think we’re capable of beating any team. We’ve got the talent and we’ve got the guys working hard to do it. We can beat any team.”
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.