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Spurs trade Kawhi Leonard to Raptors for package including DeMar DeRozan

Spurs trade Kawhi Leonard to Raptors for package including DeMar DeRozan

The Raptors are going for it all.

Toronto has struck a deal with the Spurs for Kawhi Leonard.

The move was first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

So another whiff in Brett Brown and the Sixers' star-hunting search ... for now.

Let's check in on how the trade is working out for both sides so far.

*Cue dumpster fire gif*

That seems about right.

Leonard has made his desire to play in a big market known — it would seem preferably Los Angeles — for a while now. And, uh, Toronto is not exactly a basketball mecca. 

So, for now — things can change — it seems unlikely Leonard would sign an extension in Toronto and would elect to test free agency next summer as an unrestricted free agent. 

Keep in mind this is the same man who played just nine games in 2017-18 and sat out the Spurs' first-round playoff loss — whether because of mysterious injury or spite.

So we'll possibly see Leonard for the whole star-hunting thing again next summer.

The full trade: The Spurs receive DeMar DeRozan, Jacob Poeltl and a top-20 protected 2019 first-round pick while Leonard and Danny Green head to Toronto. And after one year, that first-rounder becomes two seconds. Meh.

It's a solid move for the Raptors — if they can get Leonard motivated or healthy. The East is wide open with LeBron James' departure and the Raptors are hoping to fill that void.

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Joel Embiid headlines this year's NBA Africa game

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Joel Embiid headlines this year's NBA Africa game

In a bit of not-entirely-crazy Sixers news, Joel Embiid is one of the headliners in the NBA Africa Game 2018. 

The game will be held at 5 p.m. CAT at Sun Arena at Times Square in Pretoria, South Africa, on Aug. 4. 

This will be the NBA’s third game in Africa. 

Embiid, from Cameroon, headlines Team Africa and will be joined by his Sixers teammate Timothy Luwawu-Cabarrot, who has a parent from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

“I was fortunate to participate in Basketball Without Borders Africa first as a camper and then last year as a coach,” Embiid said in a statement. “To play in the NBA’s third game in Africa is truly special to me, and I can’t wait to take the floor in front of our fans in Africa.” 

Team Africa also includes Serge Ibaka (Congo), Al-Farouq Aminu (parents from Nigeria), Bismarck Biyombo (Congo), Cheick Diallo (Mali), Evan Fournier (parent from Algeria) and Pascal Siakam (Cameroon). 

They’ll face Team World, which will be led by DeMar DeRozan (U.S.) and includes Harrison Barnes (U.S.), Danilo Gallinari (Italy), Rudy Gay (U.S.), Khris Middleton (U.S.) and Embiid’s favorite nemesis, Hassan Whiteside (U.S.) 

The full rosters will be released later. 

Tickets will be available starting June 15. 

This time, Sixers avoid massive collapse

This time, Sixers avoid massive collapse


The Sixers tackled two hurdles on Monday afternoon: holding onto a substantial lead and beating a top-three team in the East. They conquered both as they held off the Raptors, 117-111, at Wells Fargo Center.

The Sixers nearly blew a 21-point edge when the Raptors cut the lead down to one with three minutes to play. The Sixers were back up by eight with 1:25 to go, but C.J. Miles made it a three-point game with under 40 seconds to play thanks to a nifty tip-in.

It wasn’t until Joel Embiid drained a pair of free throws, all while waving to the crowd at the line, that the Sixers iced the contest with 11 seconds remaining. 

The Sixers had been 0-8 against the Celtics, Raptors and Cavaliers (the top three teams in the Eastern Conference) this season, including an 0-3 mark against the Raptors. With the win, the Sixers moved back up to .500 on the season as they now sit at 20-20. 

Embiid led all players with a 34-point, 11-rebound double-double. He scored 18 points in the first half alone. Embiid and Ben Simmons combined for the Sixers’ first 20 points of the game.

The Sixers have been in need of a spark off the bench and they got it in the form of T.J. McConnell. The reserve guard posted 18 points, six rebounds, eight dimes and three steals. He contributed when the Sixers were in a pinch. Simmons played just 1:36 in the second quarter after picking up this third foul. McConnell and Jerryd Bayless clocked a combined 18 minutes off the bench. McConnell posted seven points, four assists and three rebounds in that quarter. 

JJ Redick left the game with a left leg contusion and did not return.

The Sixers held off the Raptors' backcourt duo of DeMar DeRozan (24 points) and Philadelphia native Kyle Lowry (13 points). Delon Wright once again played well against the Sixers with 20 points off the bench for Toronto. 

Things got chippy between McConnell and DeRozan in the second quarter. As McConnell regained possession off a Raptors turnover, DeRozan pushed him and was called for a foul. McConnell took exception and had words for DeRozan, who then pushed him again with one hand. DeRozan was issued for a personal foul and both players were hit with techs. Sixers fans booed DeRozan for the rest of the game. 

The game didn't end without final sparks. Simmons and Lowry were both issued techs and ejected with only six seconds to play.

Markelle Fultz worked on free throws and driving drills before the game.

The Sixers are next in Boston to play the 34-10 Celtics Thursday.