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

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

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

We all want to win, and if you're looking in the future you're going to trip over the present.

A free agent next summer, Leonard said he arrived in Toronto "with an open mind", but wasn't ready to talk about what that means long-term.

To land Leonard, Toronto gave up DeRozan, a team icon and four-time All-Star.

"He's a fun guy (when) you get to know him", Green said.

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. His relationship with the team was strained, and late in the season he made it known that he wanted to to leave the only team for which he had played. "So what I'm focused on is this year, tomorrow, and just get going after that".

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

"I look at it as a day-to-day process", he said.

In more serious moments, Leonard indicated he knew that people want to know his future plans, but said he's more focused on the here and now.

"I want to focus on this team, this journey that we have in front of us today and just spend it on present time and not look back", he said. I want to do great things, so I want to put my everything on the court.

Those were his first words spoken since he was traded from the Spurs to the Raptors, although he was quick to add, "Obviously, I love the game of basketball". It's a great organzation and I was happy Danny [Green] was coming with me.

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