Los Angeles Lakers plan to target Kawhi Leonard in free agency

Oscar Cross
June 18, 2019

Fans - including entire families wearing Raptors gear - filled the streets and subways as early as 7 a.m.

"The Golden State Warriors congratulate the Toronto Raptors on their historic achievement and bringing the 2019 NBA Championship to the City of Toronto", reads the ad.

Toronto Mayor John Tory made his pitch to Raptors star Kawhi Leonard to stay with the team, presenting him the key to the city at the rally to honour the 2019 National Basketball Association champions on Monday. But for the Spurs fans who are still angry about the man's trade demand, is it too much to ask to just let bygones be bygones? And for good reason - it's a chance to celebrate Toronto's first-ever NBA Championship win with the players themselves. Mayor Tory's proclamation ensures that June 17 will always be a day linked to one of the biggest sports moments in Canadian history.

Fans dressed in the team's colours packed the parade route while a square outside city hall where the march was to end overflowed with people of all ages.

This is the unfortunate reality that faithful San Antonio Spurs fans had to endure last season as the soft-spoken small forward Kawhi Leonard demanded a trade from the tight-knit Alamo community to play for a bigger market like NY or Los Angeles.

They will have 30 million dollars to spend this summer and, according to the New York Times' Marc Stein, the Lakers' main target will be Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker.

Later in the afternoon, Leonard spent some time with Kyle Lowry and Raptors fans lost their minds upon seeing the star duo. His press secretary said Ford wants the day to be about the fans and players, not politicians.

John Moreira called in sick to work so he could be part of Toronto's first celebration of this magnitude since the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1993. If not, how will you be celebrating today?

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