Many Raptors fans hoped Kawhi Leonard would use yesterday’s championship parade to declare his plan to re-sign with Toronto.
They got a laugh and not much else.
But they can be heartened – or maybe eventually heartbroken –a by this: Stars almost never switched teams immediately following a title.
Before this year, there have been…
49 Finals MVPs who won a championship. None switched teams that offseason.
147 All-Stars who won a championship. None switched teams that offseason.
124 All-NBA players who won a championship. Only one switched teams that offseason.
In 1998, Scottie Pippen got signed-and-traded from the Bulls to the Rockets. He was neither an All-Star nor Finals MVP that year, but he made the All-NBA third team. After leaving Chicago, he never achieved any of those accolades.
Leonard checked all three boxes this season – Finals MVP, All-NBA, All-Star. He looks poised to take over as the NBA’s best player for the next few several years.