We the north, are now, we the champions. It was a moment where you asked yourself, do you believe in miracles?!
Canada will now remember that phrase in a different perspective after winning their first NBA title in franchise history.
Leonard not only sparked his team, and changed the culture in Toronto, but impacted the NBA in a huge way. The Warriors’ dynasty might not be over just yet, but they will be a very different team next year.
The Warriors suffered catastrophic injuries and over come obstacles, but showed they could be beaten. Leonard is helping give parody back to the NBA, pointing out that Golden State isn’t completely unbeatable.
While Toronto is still celebrating, they are focusing on the NBA Free Agency avalanche coming this offseason, especially Golden State. The ‘big 3’ in the 2019 NBA Finals’ Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson are going to be free agents.
Leonard’s situation is completely different than Durant and Thompson because of their devastating injuries in the Finals.
Durant and Thompson may have to sit out the entire 2019-2020 season, making their free agency plans a little more complicated. Rumors now are that, both players will resign, for the Warriors may look to offer both max deals.
Where will Kawhi Leonard go?
It is almost as if Leonard, in a Raptors jersey, will be now a just a memory – rather than a reality. The overwhelming feeling around the league is that he will explore free agency, and end up in another competing franchise next season.
I hope Kawhi goes to the Clippers! Even though, a part of me would like to see him stay in Toronto, but I just don’t think it will happen.
Enjoy this Toronto, because 2019 may the best year yet in the Raptors franchise.
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