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Norman Powell says Raptors are ‘happy’ for Kawhi Leonard

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Norman Powell says the Toronto Raptors are “happy” for Kawhi Leonard after the two-time Finals MVP agreed to a free agent deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Powell says no one on the team is upset at Leonard for leaving the Raptors since the superstar made the best choice for him and guided Toronto to its first-ever NBA championship this past season. The Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in six games.

“We’re just happy for him,” Powell said, via Scott Rafferty of NBA Canada. “He gave everything he had in that first season with us and he brought home the championship. We’re just wishing him the best in his choice and his new opportunity with the Clippers.

“I can’t wait to go out there and guard him. I’ve already talked to him about it, how I’m going to lock him up, and having fun with it, so I’m excited.”

Kawhi Leonard agreed to a four-year deal with the Clippers. The three-time All-Star and two-time Defensive Player of the Year was able to convince Paul George to demand a trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Clippers.

It’s going to be really interesting to see where the Raptors go from here. Toronto is expected to build its franchise around Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby now that Leonard is gone.

Norman Powell will make $10.12 million next season. He has a player option for the 2021-22 season.

We’ll see if the Raptors decide to bring Powell back next season or try and trade him this summer.