Raptors' Nurse: Can't blame Kawhi for 'wanting to go home'

Monday, 08 Jul, 2019

With the Thunder agreeing to trade Paul George to the Clippers for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari and five first-round draft picks, the focus leaguewide has turned to Westbrook.

Though Toronto's odds of repeating as champions took a nosedive with the news of Leonard's impending exit, Nurse doesn't fault the free agent for opting to play just a short drive down the California coast from his San Diego home.

The former Lakers president of basketball operations tweeted: "It's going to be awesome to watch NBA basketball in Los Angeles this (coming) season". While this is in line with the same max contracts players are getting this summer, Westbrook will be 34 years old by the time he hits free agency next. Not only that, Danny Green is headed there as well - although he'll be joining the Lakers. Thank you to the fans who make representing those 3 letters mean something.

News broke shortly after on Saturday morning that the Finals MVP was leaving Toronto for the Clippers.

Since the Clippers reportedly feared Leonard was "prepared" to sign with the Lakers soon, they gave up numerous draft picks in order to successfully pair George with him.

The NBA has yet to release its schedule for 2019-20, but hopefully we'll get Clippers-Lakers on opening night. Bertans reportedly will be absorbed into an exception and the value of Carroll's deal, agreed to earlier in the offseason, will go from two years and $13 million to three years and $21 million.

Leonard was recruiting him to come and play with him, he added.

Leonard just put the Raptors on his back to bring the franchise its first ever championship, so it never really made sense for him to join forces with LeBron James and become a clear No. 2. Which, considering how far behind the Thunder is compared to other Western Conference teams, might be the best course of action moving forward.

They re-signed guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, centre JaVale McGee, restricted free-agent guard Alex Caruso and reached a two-year, US$6 million (S$8.1 million) deal with free-agent guard Quinn Cook, in addition to agreements with veteran forward Jared Dudley and guard Troy Daniels.