For many Raptors fans, the sentence above will sting for quite some time. The allure of defending an NBA championship in Toronto ultimately wasn’t enough to keep Leonard north of the border for more than one season, as the superstar forward elected to return home to Los Angeles and team up with Paul George on the Clippers.
Leonard’s signing, and the blockbuster George trade that followed, have added yet another ripple to what’s been an already-dramatic NBA off-season. One thing is certain in the wake of this dramatic news, though: Raptors fans are incredibly grateful for Kawhi’s lone season with the Raptors.
Here’s some of the best reaction following Leonard’s departure: