Raptors hire former Spurs staffer, childhood friend of Kawhi for coaching staff

Jeremy Castleberry heads to Toronto, ESPN reports


SAN ANTONIO – A former San Antonio Spurs staffer and childhood friend of star Kawhi Leonard has been hired by the NBA's Toronto Raptors for a position on their coaching staff, ESPN reports.

Jeremy Castleberry has been working with the Spurs since 2014 as part of their video and player development departments.

Castleberry played high school basketball with Leonard before he walked on to play with him at San Diego State University. 

Last month, the Spurs traded Leonard along with guard Danny Green to Toronto for All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan, center Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick.

The trade ended a nearly yearlong saga that involved a reported tense relationship between the Spurs and Leonard, once believed to be the future face of the franchise.

Leonard can opt out of his contract for free agency in the summer of 2019. Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri hopes to be able to re-sign him to a long term contract.

While with the Spurs, Leonard was named NBA Finals MVP in 2014 and won back-to-back league Defensive Player of the Year awards. He was also in the top three of league MVP voting twice.

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