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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Toronto Raptors Hire Kawhi Leonard's Best Friend Who Worked with the Spurs

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 1:21 PM

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The pettiness of the Kawhi Leonard/Spurs novela continues.

Despite getting traded more than a month ago, Leonard still had a presence of sorts within the Spurs organization up until yesterday. Sports news outlets allege that one of Leonard's best friends was a part of the Spurs support staff, but now he's following the superstar to Toronto.
ESPN reports that the Raptors are hiring Jeremy Castleberry, who until Monday served as the Spurs' assistance video coordinator. He played with Leonard at San Diego State and was his personal rebounder during shootaround. The Spurs hired him in 2013 after he graduated.
Castleberry won't be on the video front anymore, though. He'll be putting his basketballs skills to good use in his new role as a player development coach in Toronto.

Experts say the move will help Leonard deal with playing in Toronto, which he showed no excitement for when he was traded. Social media users were quick to call out Raptors' move. ESPN writer Zach Lowe said that despite the Spurs seeing potential in Castleberry to be a good coach down the line, the move is probably better to be completely done with the Leonard era.

Granted, it would have been pretty awkward for Castleberry if he had stayed in San Antonio. Reports don't give any insight as to who initiated Castleberry's career change.

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