Raptors news: Kawhi Leonard loves current situation in Toronto except that 'it's just been cold'
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Kawhi Leonard loves current situation with Raptors except that ‘it’s just been cold’

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Kawhi Leonard has been enjoying himself during his first season with the Toronto Raptors. He is an All-Star and is having an MVP-caliber season and the Raptors are one of the best teams in the league.

The only problem is the weather.

Leonard, who was born and raised in California, says the climate is just too cold:

“It’s great energy out there,” said Leonard, according to Raptors beat writer Eric Smith. “The fans come out; they’re very supportive. It’s a great city. There’s a lot to do. It’s just been cold. But, you know, the snow does look nice on days but you just need a jacket to go outside. I’m not used to wearing boots and everything. But as far as the whole city, team, coaching staff, organization, the fans…it’s been great.”

The Raptors acquired Leonard in a trade with the San Antonio Spurs over the summer, sending long-time guard DeMar DeRozan among other pieces to the Spurs in exchange for his services.

However, Toronto made that deal with the caveat of knowing that there is a good chance Leonard will just be a one-year rental, as the general consensus is that the 2014 Finals MVP will walk via free agency this offseason, particularly to a warmer climate.

Rumor has it that Leonard favors the Los Angeles Clippers as a potential free-agent destination this coming summer, and, of course, the Los Angeles Lakers will always be lurking in the background.

Leonard spent the first seven years of his career with the Spurs before having a falling out with the organization last season.