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Raptors' Kawhi Leonard dodges free agency questions

Raptors' Kawhi Leonard dodges free agency questions

Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse said that he is hopeful center Marc Gasol will be available to play Saturday against the New York Knicks. 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 closed within 99-96 on Knox's 3-pointer with 1:59 left.

Gasol posted averages of 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals in 53 games for the Grizzlies this season.

The Raptors star stonewalled questions about free agency following Saturday's 104-99 victory over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, refusing to discuss anything but the win.

The Knicks have cap room for two max players this July.

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Leonard has a local tie - his uncle is from South Orange, N.J., where he spent part of last season holed up, seeing doctors when he still played for San Antonio. "Just talk to people, just see what I want to do", Leonard said, via the New York Daily News.

He credited the home crowd for supporting a team that dropped to a league-worst 10-45.

Marc Gasol, playing his first game for the Raptors since he was acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday, scored seven points and pulled down six rebounds in 19 minutes as a reserve. "That's what you want from an organization that you're playing for".

The Italian assistant coach, who has led Spain's national team to three Eurobasket gold medals and a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics and a bronze medal at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, glowed about some of the attributes that Toronto's prized acquisition brings to the court.

The Knicks visit the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night.