Despite the lingering belief around the league that Kawhi Leonard still wants to play in LA, the Raptors are already doing everything they can to keep their silent assassin north of the border.
And their efforts to keep Leonard comfortable in Canada extend well beyond showing him the sights and buying him some thermals.
On Monday Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania confirmed the team had hired player development coach Jeremy Castleberry away from the Spurs.
And guess what, Castleberry just happens to be a longtime friend and former college teammate of Leonard’s.
— Lisa Lane (@LisaLane_Sports) February 16, 2014
Castleberry is expected to help the Raptors keep Leonard not just making the place feel more like home, but also by boosting the team’s Finals push with his renowned coaching ability.
The 27-year-old wiz was hired to work in the Spurs video room right after graduating from San Diego State in 2013.
He then worked his way into an assistant video coordinator role after impressing in San Antonio.
He will now work alongside new Toronto coach Nick Nurse.
Well played, Raptors, well played.