Done deal: Leonard goes to Raptors, DeRozan goes to Spurs

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July 18, 2018 - 11:00 PM

DeMare DeRozan of Team Steph gets by Kevin Durant of Team LeBron during second half action at the NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 18, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS

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The Kawhi Leonard saga in San Antonio is over. So is DeMar DeRozan’s time in Toronto.

An NBA summer blockbuster got pulled off Wednesday, with the Spurs sending Leonard to the Raptors as part of a four-player deal that has DeRozan heading to San Antonio. The Spurs also got center Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 protected first-round draft pick, while the Raptors acquired sharpshooter Danny Green.

For Leonard and the Spurs, there’s finally closure to a relationship that seemed fractured beyond repair and played out like a soap opera as the season went along. But in the end, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich — insisting that looking back at what happened would not be worth his time, and that Leonard was a good teammate throughout his tenure in San Antonio — simply said he hopes the move works out for everyone involved.

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