Raptors' Kawhi Leonard dodges free agency questions

Potential Knicks target Kawhi Leonard passes on free agency talk

"I'm focused on this season", Leonard said Saturday after Toronto's 104-99 win over the Knicks.

For those chomping at the bit to see the man in some Raptors threads, here you go. The three-time All-Star was a stalwart of Memphis' "Grit and Grind" era that saw the club make seven straight playoff appearances, including the Western Conference final in the 2012-13 season.

Gasol is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.2 blocks, and 1.1 steals in 53 appearances this season. Danny Green scored 14 points and sank three straight 3-pointers in the fourth for Toronto. Norman Powell also had 14 points, while Kawhi Leonard (11) and Pascal Siakam (10) also scored in double figures. After Jordan missed a pair of free throws, Green drained three 3-pointers during a 9-4 run - interrupted only by a pair of free throws and a layup from Allen - to give Toronto a 97-90 lead with 3:28 left.

The Knicks' Kadeem Allen had a career-high 14 points.

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Both Johnson, 31, and Morris, 29, are in the past year of their contracts, as well, so they will not be long for their new teams. The New Orleans Pelicans are releasing forward/center Markieff Morris (neck), reports Shams Charania of The Athletic .

The Knicks closed within 99-96 on Knox's 3-pointer with 1:59 left.

Leonard spent some time in the NY area previous year away from the Spurs while rehabbing.

NY has enough room in its salary cap to sign two free agents to max contracts, but the low-key Raptors star, who will also be courted by a couple of other teams this summers, was quick to squash any potential free agency rumors in his first visit of the season to Madison Square Garden.

"They still come out and support the team even with a losing record", Leonard said, according to the Associated Press. "That's the only way I know how to play - dedicating yourself to the game, to the city, to the fans".

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