Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri says there is no want for followers to be involved over the departure of NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. He is already engaged on his subsequent plan.
Ujiri spoke with media for the primary time on Tuesday because it was reported that Leonard was leaving Toronto for the Los Angeles Clippers. Ujiri instructed reporters that he’s optimistic to maneuver ahead with out the three-time all-star ahead that introduced town it is first NBA championship, and that he is already fascinated with what follows.
“This is the NBA and this is how it works…You can’t hide underneath the table and cry. Honestly, I’ve lost no sleep, I’m not disappointed. It’s on to the next,” stated Ujiri.
“I’m telling Raptors fans and everybody: Don’t lose one day of sleep, one second of sleep. We’re gonna be just fine.”
Ujiri says that there are not any laborious emotions with Leonard selecting to depart after one very memorable season and that the Raptors received the whole lot they may out of him whereas in Toronto.
“He definitely has our blessings. He gave it everything while he was with us and we really appreciated that,” stated Ujiri. “I communicated with him afterward and it was very good. We got a great deal out of this, we won a championship so we’re happy. Honestly it’s on to the next.”
Ujiri, who was talking at a Raptors summer time league recreation in Las Vegas, additionally touched on the free company course of, saying that he was assured proper till the top that there was an opportunity Leonard would select to re-sign.
The notoriously tight-lipped Leonard, who has just about no social media presence, remained mum by the complete course of publicly. His tenure in Toronto ended with a wild few days of free company that included monitoring journeys to California by the airplane owned by Raptors guardian firm Maple Leaf Sports activities & Leisure.
Leonard reportedly agreed to a four-year US$142 million max contract.
Whereas Raptors followers had been gutted, the temper was overwhelmingly one in every of appreciation for the participant who arrived final summer time within the blockbuster deal that despatched DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio.
“I appreciate what the process was and I know free agency, this was not my first rodeo, so things are going to go up and down and this was a different kind of free agency,” stated Ujiri.
“It was high stakes and we understood that.”
Leonard produced the most effective playoff performances in league historical past to convey the NBA championship to Canada for the primary time.