Kawhi Leonard on future with Raptors: My focus is on this year


At the start of the questioning, Leonard was asked what he wanted fans to know about him. "I came here with an open mind, I want to do great things", he said, but did not elaborate on what comes next.

When asked to tell the media a little about himself, Leonard shocked the world with a smile and a laugh after replying, "I'm a fun guy. We all want to win and if you're looking in the future you're going to trip over the present", he said. "As long as I have a jersey on, I want to play basketball".

"I look at it as a day-to-day process". The discord grew between Leonard and the Spurs, which prompted the team to trade Leonard and Danny Green to Toronto for DeMar DeRozan.

Leonard spent 73 games on the bench last season with a quad injury, which caused the team to question the severity of the injury. He said on Monday that he is "feeling great" and is ready to play, having spent the summer taking a "step-by-step" approach to ensure he would be fully healthy for the beginning of this season.

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Leonard can become an unrestricted National Basketball Association free agent next July, giving rise to concerns he'll just be a one-year rental for the Raptors.

During his six seasons in San Antonio, Leonard was a two-time All-Star and two-time Defensive Player of the Year, in addition to winning an NBA championship and NBA Finals MVP in 2014. "You have to be around him, he's different in the locker room than he is with you guys but his main focus is basketball; he loves it".

Raptors president discusses the trade between the San Antonio Spurs that brought Kawhi Leonard to Toronto. He puts in hours and puts the work in.