Kawhi Leonard: Toronto Raptors star reveals all on NBA title chances amid Lakers rumours | Other | Sport


Kawhi Leonard joined the Toronto Raptors in 2018 from the San Antonio Spurs in a shock trade involving DeMar DeRozan.

Leonard has averaged 27 points per game this season with the Raptors winning 43 of their 59 matches – including their last six.

The 27-year-old won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards in 2015 and 2016 and thinks this year could result in his second NBA Championship.

“I think the organisation did a good job of trying to make us better down this last stretch,” Leonard told the media prior to the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.

“Like I said before, time will tell where our journey is going to end, but I think we have a good chance of getting to the Finals and winning it.

“But we still got a lot of work to do.”

Leonard will be taking part in the NBA-All Star Game on Sunday.

It will be the third time he has taken part, this time joining captain Giannis Antetokounmpo and fellow All-Stars from both conferences.

Leonard signed for the Raptors in 2018 but was heavily linked to the Lakers before the trade went through.

Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri has claimed their star player will ‘make the right decision’ over his future this summer.

Speaking to Sportsnet’s Prime Time Sports over the free agent to be, Ujiri said: “There is a huge advantage in recruiting in having him in our house for one year.

“He gets to see us, who we are, we can build trust, build a relationship.”

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