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L.A. STATE OF MIND - Born and raised in Los Angeles, Leonard has made it clear that he wants to play for his hometown Lakers at some point in his career. The Raptors are a business, and with this trade they have angered many of their customers in a visceral way. That would take both sides down an unprecedented, spiraling road, including fines and a potential legal battle, but as ESPN's Chris Haynes reported, Leonard has no desire to play in Toronto.

The Raptors receive Kawhi Leonard, who is unquestionably the best player in the deal.

DeRozan reacted in an Instagram posting early Wednesday, seeming to say the Raptors told him he wouldn't be sent to San Antonio in a Leonard swap only to have it happen.

Towards the end of their time together in San Antonio, Leonard and Popovich's relationship became so strained that everyone sort of knew that their one-on-one meeting in the summer wasn't going to fix something that was well beyond repair.

That means the Raptors are entering into this deal knowing that they could have given up DeRozan for someone who might not be in Toronto for long.

While the impact Kawhi Leonard will ultimately have on the Toronto Raptors ability to win the National Basketball Association title won't be known for a while, Wednesday's trade has already vastly improved their betting odds to lift the Larry O'Brien trophy.

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LeBron James's decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and sign a four-year, $153 million contract with the Lakers was undoubtedly the biggest of the off-season, but Wednesday's trade is a close second. After repeatedly falling short in the postseason, the Raptors are hoping Leonard can put them over the top.

PLAYED THROUGH TRAGEDY - Leonard was a junior at Martin Luther King High School in the Riverside neighbourhood of Los Angeles when his father was fatally shot at the vehicle wash he owned in Compton on January 18, 2008.

"Obviously, it's a risk for Toronto if Leonard won't stay".

This similar gamble paid off for the Oklahoma City Thunder when they were able to convince Paul George to re-sign on a long-term deal even though he wanted to join the Lakers. The Philadelphia 76ers were reportedly unwilling to include Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid or Markelle Fultz in a deal for Leonard, instead offering up their own collection of draft picks.

DeRozan has three years and $83 million left on his contract.

Poeltl, a 22-year-old centre, averaged 6.9 points and 4.8 rebounds as a key bench player for Toronto last season.