Kawhi Leonard out for Raptors vs. Hawks with sore left knee

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives with the ball against the San Antonio Spurs. (Eric Gay/AP)

The Toronto Raptors will be without Kawhi Leonard in Atlanta due to a sore left knee, the team confirmed Thursday.

Already having reportedly traded Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, C.J. Miles and Greg Monroe away, the Raptors will be extremely shorthanded against a Hawks team that is 12-12 over their last 24 games.

The nine-deep rotation available to the Raptors will be Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Danny Green, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka, Norman Powell, OG Anunoby, Jordan Loyd and Patrick McCaw.

Leonard is averaging 27.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.9 steals over 41 games. This will be his 17th missed game of the season.

Toronto has played precisely one game with a full rotation available, on Nov. 2 in Phoenix. The team is 39-16 on the season, good for second in the Eastern Conference behind the Milwaukee Bucks.

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