Leonard passes physical with Raptors

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For today, Leonard and Green are Raptors and the trade is officially completed, and that's a pretty good first step.

Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green empathized with Kawhi Leonard's desire for a second opinion on his injured quadriceps, after learning recently during an exit physical in San Antonio that he had been playing with a torn groin that went undetected by the Spurs. After some time, it healed.

"I would feel it and they were like, my agent, 'Maybe you should get a second opinion.' I didn't want to, because I have full faith and believe in the Spurs staff", Green said. They've always been great to me. He went from the quiet superstar poised to lead the San Antonio Spurs for the next decade to the player that no one can figure out. They've always done right by me. But, he added, the club "did a great job" and "did everything they could" when it learned of the injury.

Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder under acrimonious circumstances
Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder under acrimonious circumstances

San Antonio's medical staff has received plenty of criticism in recent months regarding its handling of Leonard's injury situation, which eventually led to a fractured relationship between the player and team that ultimately resulted in the July 18 trade to Toronto. Coach Gregg Popovich then offered vague descriptions of his star player's condition as Leonard missed the season opener and many more games after that, not returning to the court until December 12, 28 games into the season.

Whether it's in San Antonio or Toronto, a Raptors-Spurs matchup has the makings of an attention-grabber, especially on Opening Night, when millions of National Basketball Association fans will tune in to ESPN, TNT or another network. He is a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and the 2014 NBA Finals MVP. "So I'm sure if Kawhi would have said, 'Hey, I want a Bentley, ' or 'I want this, ' or whatever, the Spurs would have done everything in their power to make that happen for him".

"Nobody ever talks to Kawhi to know exactly what he's thinking or what's on his mind so the best way to monitor that or gauge it is by having him in your programme".

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