Raptors president Masai Ujiri said he was confident.
But Leonard – in an unprecedentedly painful moment for a defending NBA champion – left for the Clippers.
Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun:
Ujiri might not have intended to imply anything.
But that sounds like a dig at someone.
The immediate guess: Leonard’s agent and uncle, Dennis Robertson. Robertson has been a mysterious figure through this whole saga that began with Leonard separating from the Spurs.
Or maybe he didn’t mean anything at all.
But if he’s frustrated with someone, Ujiri is right not to dwell on it. After all, he just made DeMar DeRozan believe he wouldn’t be traded then dealt him for Leonard. This business can get ugly. Ujiri has to take the downs with the ups.