Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard expected to attend Team USA basketball camp alongside DeMar DeRozan
It just got interesting.
Per Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports, Kawhi Leonard will be at the USA Basketball Camp in Las Vegas this week. Others that will be there are DeMar DeRozan, formerly of the Toronto Raptors, and Kyle Lowry, currently of the Raptors.
As of now, Kawhi Leonard is expected to be in Vegas for this week's USA Basketball camp (as are DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry). To what degree he plans on participating in practices (if at all) is up in the air, I'm told.
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) July 23, 2018
Leonard was traded from the San Antonio Spurs to the Raptors in exchange for DeRozan just a few days ago. He will be teammates with Lowry. Like was said before, things just got interesting.
Even more interesting is this: Leonard’s former coach, Gregg Popovich, is coaching USA Basketball now. So after all that craziness last season with the Spurs, and all the craziness that eventually led to his getting traded, Leonard will be in the same breathing space as Popovich.
It should be noted that it’s possible Leonard does not participate in the goings on of camp at all. He is supposedly still injured, after all. Or is he? No one really knows at this point.
However, Leonard at least showing his face at the camp can be beneficial for everyone involved. It will give him and Popovich a chance to bury the hatchet, once and for all. It also gives him the opportunity to meet Lowry, his new teammate, and discuss how the two can fit together on the Raptors.
That is obviously an optimistic point of view. It’s also possible Leonard and Popovich don’t talk and avoid each other for the entire week. That would make for good drama and stories.
Everyone will be watching at camp how Leonard will act at camp. It will be interesting.