After months of rumors, the San Antonio Spurs have finally put an end to the Kawhi Leonard saga, giving fans a clearer picture of their roster heading into the 2018-19 season. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarwoski reported the Spurs have traded Leonard to the Raptors in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, allowing the team to get another All-Star back for Leonard. Danny Green, Jakob Poeltl and a first round pick are also expected to be included in the deal.
Let’s take a look at the updated Spurs roster and projected starting lineup with DeRozan now in the mix.
Spurs Roster & Projected Starting Lineup With DeMar DeRozan for 2018-19
C- Pau Gasol, Jakob Poeltl
PF- LaMarcus Aldridge, Davis Bertans
SF- Rudy Gay, Brandon Paul
SG- DeMar DeRozan, Manu Ginobili, Derrick White, Lonnie Walker
PG- Dejounte Murray
Tension was mounting between Leonard and the Spurs making it clear a move had to be made. All reports indicated Leonard’s preferred destination was Los Angeles, but the Spurs were able to make a move with Toronto despite Leonard’s unknown long-term future.
Source: Heavy Sports