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VIDEO: Toronto Mayor and Raptors' Superfan Nav Ask Fans to Leave Kawhi Leonard Alone in Public

David Kaestle

Cover Photo: Twitter/@theScore

The Toronto Raptors franchise, the City of Toronto and the country of Canada are fresh off winning their first-ever NBA Championship. But once the celebration ended and the honeymoon was over, it was time to once again get right down to business. And the top business priority this offseason for the Raptors is attempting to re-sign their franchise player, Kawhi Leonard.

Leonard is set to become an unrestricted free agent on June 30 at 6 p.m. EST when the new league year begins. While there has been speculation about where Leonard will decide to play basketball next season and for the foreseeable future, Toronto winning the championship has put them back into a conversation many had seemingly removed them from.

And a few very important people in Toronto want to make sure Kawhi is able to make a decision about his future without clouded judgement. The city's Mayor, John Torey, and Raptors' superfan Nav Bhatia held a press conference to plead with the people of Canada to give Leonard his space, if they happen to see him in public.

While this is a somewhat unprecedented move, it's understandable from Toronto's point of view. Leonard is known to be a quiet guy who keeps to himself and not someone who wants the extra attention, fanfare or hoopla that comes along with being an NBA superstar. Leonard just wants to ball and the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy.

Leonard did just lead the Raptors to the best season in the franchise's history and, you have to assume, they'll do anything to get him to re-up. Whether or not this method keeps him in Toronto next season or beyond that, judging by what we know about Leonard's personality, it certainly seems like a smart move by Toronto.

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