“Kawhi is a better player than DeRozan so they get better,” one NBA talent evaluator said. “Obviously, it’s a risk for Toronto if Leonard won’t stay. I’m sure they’ll recruit the hell out of him for next year. I guess their backdrop would be they get off DeRozan’s contract. If Toronto can keep him it’s a good deal for Toronto because they get the best player in the deal,” one rival NBA executive said. “For San Antonio, they get a good player in DeRozan and Poeltl can play, too.”
“You’ve got to shoot the basketball. DeMar does that well,” Popovich said. “The rest of the makeup of the team, having Derrick White develop, having Bryn (Forbes) come back, having Rudy (Gay) come back adding Marco (Belinelli) — all people who can shoot it. Those things round out and helps LaMarcus (Aldridge) do his thing out there. That shooting will help us a great deal.”
Jonathan Sanford, the Spurs public-address announcer at the AT&T Center the last five seasons, is stepping away from the mic for family reasons, he announced Wednesday Known for his popular “two shots” call before free throws by Spurs players, Sanford said his goodbyes with a heartfelt message he delivered via Twitter. “I made a promise before my first season with Spurs Sports & Entertainment, a promise that I would invest every ounce of passion I had into each game regardless,” he wrote. “From pregame, tipoff to the final horn, I can say with honesty and sincerity I’ve never taken a single moment of this journey for granted.
They didn’t start with much, either. Nobody knows if Leonard is healthy enough to regain status as a top-five player and MVP candidate. (He still has to pass a physical.) Suitors feared his impending free agency, and his reported preference for one of the L.A. teams. His camp made it very clear over the past week, to the Raptors and other teams, that Leonard wanted no part of Toronto, sources say.
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