Eric Nehm: This morning, Adrian Wojnarowski joined @GolicAndWingo. Golic asked him, “If you look at all of the places for a head coach that may have a choice, what’s the choice?” Here is @Adrian Wojnarowski’s response:
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.