Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Kawhi Leonard Keeping an 'Open Mind' About Toronto

The lighter side of Raptors media day Kawhi’s laugh terrible trade ideas and Ibaka’s cooking The lighter side of Raptors media day Kawhi’s laugh terrible trade ideas and Ibaka’s cooking
Kristopher Love | 24 September, 2018, 23:53

The Toronto Raptors forward sent the internet into meltdown Monday with his, um, unique laugh he broke out while speaking to reporters during the team's media day.

"I want to play here", Leonard said. He will become an unrestricted free agent after the season. I want to do great things so I'm going to make sure I put in a full effort on the court each and every night. "I'm coming to a great city that loves basketball".

Leonard, famously quiet, was all smiles while up at the podium alongside Green and team president Masai Ujiri, unexpectedly cracked a joke and said he was happy about the move north.

Leonard, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, was traded to the Raptors on July 18 by the San Antonio Spurs.

Lowry was close to former teammate DeMar DeRozan, who was traded to the San Antonio Spurs in order to acquire Kawhi Leonard.

Green, a nine-season National Basketball Association veteran, has played with Leonard in San Antonio since 2011.

Leonard addressed the rumors that he was unhappy about being in Toronto and that he wanted to go to Los Angeles, saying that he just wanted to win.

Asked whether he could see himself sitting out the season, Porzingis said, "It's hard to say".

When asked if he views his time with the Raptors as a long-term commitment, Leonard said he views it as a day-to-day process. "I can't give you a spiel about me". I'm excited, knowing that I'm coming to a city that loves basketball. Check out more footage from the Raptors' Media Day in the tweets embedded below.