Kawhi won't reunite with Pop in Vegas, focusing on his new team.
Kawhi Leonard is official a Toronto Raptor after passing his physical on Tuesday, finalizing the blockbuster. Leonard, 27, missed all but nine games last season as he dealt with a quadriceps injury. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year was cleared to play by the Spurs' medical staff last season but after seeking a second opinion he ultimately opted to stay on the sidelines to rehab the injury.
According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, Leonard will not attend Team USA minicamp in Las Vegas next week. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is the coach of that team and it had been rumored that Leonard was considering playing. Instead, Haynes reports that Kawhi will use that time to prepare for the transition to his new team.
In addition to Leonard, Danny Green also passed his physical with the Raptors. The 31-year old shooting guard announced on the premiere of his podcast, "Inside the Green Room with Danny Green," that he had been playing with a torn groin that went undetected by the Spurs' medical staff and only recently found out about it.
"I should've, could've gotten a second opinion. So I see where Kawhi is coming from when he got his second opinion. Because a lot of times, you'll get information from outside sources, and not saying the Spurs' staff is not up to par. It's just that not everybody is a specialist in every area," Green said on his podcast (H/T ESPN).