There are still a lot of Toronto Raptors fans who are skeptical about Kawhi Leonard sticking around in Toronto after his contract runs out after this season, but the organization is doing whatever they can to help him feel as comfortable as possible during his time in a Raptors uniform.
On Monday night, Yahoo Sports NBA Insider Shams Charania reported that the Raptors are bringing Spurs assistant video coordinator Jeremy Castleberry on board as a player development coach, but the move is much more than what it appears to be.
Castleberry became friends with Leonard during their time together at San Diego State, where he was a walk-on, and went on to work closely with the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year during their time together in San Antonio.
The report comes less than a week after the Los Angeles Clippers fired Bruce Bowen as a TV analyst due to his comments about Leonard, which fans quickly assumed was them planning ahead to next summer when Leonard is a free agent.
This doesn’t guarantee that Leonard will stick around in Toronto after this upcoming season, but at least the Raptors are doing anything they can to make him feel at home while he is on their roster.