NBA trade rumors: Raptors looking to shed salary after acquiring Kawhi Leonard

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Toronto acquired Kawhi Leonard, along with Danny Green, in a trade with the Spurs earlier this week.

NBA trade rumors: Raptors looking to shed salary after acquiring Kawhi Leonard

Toronto acquired Kawhi Leonard, along with Danny Green, in a trade with the Spurs earlier this week.

The Raptors may not be done overhauling their roster this offseason.

Toronto acquired former Spurs star Kawhi Leonard, along with Danny Green, in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected first-round pick earlier this week. Toronto is now looking to make a trade in an effort to cut salary, according to a report from ESPN.

The report did not specify which players the Raptors could look to move. But, forward Serge Ibaka has two years and $44.94 million left on the contract he signed with Toronto in July 2017 while center Jonas Valanciunas is set to make a little more than $16.5 million next season. Valanciunas also holds a player option for 2019-20.

Leonard signed a five-year contract worth more than $90 million with the Spurs in 2015. But he appeared in just nine games for San Antonio last season because of an injured right quad.

Leonard reportedly demanded a trade out of San Antonio after he had a tense relationship with the team during his rehab process. He has averaged 16.3 points and 6.2 rebounds over his seven-year career.

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The Raptors finished 2017-18 with a 59-23 record and earned the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. After topping the Wizards in their first-round series, the Raptors were swept by the Cavaliers.

Toronto dismissed former coach Dwane Casey in mid-May and hired Nick Nurse to replace him.

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