ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski then tweeted at 4:23 AM ET that a deal between Toronto and San Antonio was close.
And DeRozan's Instagram activity appeared to indicate frustration with the Raptors' organization. His frustration is potentially stemming from a meeting in Las Vegas where, Haynes reports, he was told he wouldn't be traded.
So... *goodness*, there's a lot to unpack here.
Leonard who only played nine games last season because of a right quad injury, has won the Defensive Player of the Year award twice, been named to the first-team All-NBA twice and took home the Finals MVP after the Spurs beat the Miami Heat in five games in 2014. If Leonard is as cold on the idea as it sounds, it makes it more likely that this is strictly a rental.
He previously reported that both the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers have cooled their pursuit of the 27-year-old, which leaves Toronto as the frontrunners. Leonard was one of 35 players invited to participate in the camp, which will be led by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
Charania also reports that DeRozan has expressed his displeasure towards the thought of being traded for Leonard after being notified of the potential move late Tuesday night. Leonard is a superstar two-way player, and LeBron James is now out of the East. They're probably telling themselves it's possible Leonard falls in love with playing in Toronto after a season there, but it's quite the risk and a bad sign when it's immediately reported he has no desire to play there. It seems this is a thing that very well could happen. DeRozan, 28, averaged 23.0 points and had a 21.10 Player Efficiency Rating for Toronto in 2017-18. If Leonard left the Raptors, he could sign a four-year, $141 million deal with a team with the available salary-cap space.