Ujiri could have seriously downplayed the reports that Leonard is unhappy to be coming to Toronto and started to try to rehabilitate the (perhaps momentary) hit his reputation has taken. He didn’t. The most Ujiri could say is that he has talked to Leonard and his representatives. “That’s my job, and I think that’s why I’m in this seat, is to try and figure that part out,” Ujiri said of selling Toronto on Leonard, a free agent in 2019 who apparently only has eyes for Los Angeles. “I’ve had conversations with Kawhi, with his agent, with his uncle and everything has gone well. I’m looking forward to meeting with them face-to-face. … Our responsibility is to figure it out and to make them as comfortable as possible and, on his part, hear more on what he wants in our team, in the future, and go from there. I take responsibility for that and I’m confident. I think we have a good game plan and we’ll see how that goes.”
December 10, 2018 | 10:05 pm EST Update
Stefan Bondy: Courtney Lee will play in the G League tomorrow and is scheduled to rejoin the Knicks for Friday’s game in Charlotte, meaning he’ll miss Wednesday’s game in Cleveland. If there’s no Burke (knee) or Trier (hamstring), Frank Ntilikina will have to get another real opportunity.
Derek Bodner: Brett Brown said Joel Embiid was experiencing flu-like symptoms in addition to the migraine. Didn’t think he would play until late.