Raptors president Masai Ujiri states their plan to keep hold of Kawhi Leonard

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The Toronto Raptors are one of the favourites to land Kawhi Leonard next summer in free agency because they already have him on their team.

Earlier this offseason, the Raptors traded DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a first-round pick to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for Leonard and Danny Green.

However, when Kawhi announced that he didn't want to play for Spurs, Toronto wasn't on his wishlist as desired landing spots. Los Angeles was a top destination.

The Raptors will have to do everything they can over the next season in order to try and keep the forward at the team, and that process has already begun in some respects.

They've already hired one of his good friends into their staff, and Raptors president Masai Ujiri explained the rest of the plan on Adrian Wojnarowski's podcast, The Woj Pod.

He said, via CBS Sports: "We are who we are. We are going to be prepared, we are going to make things as smooth... I think you want to be genuine, you want to be real. You know, this is who we are.

"We might not be the best ones in weather, but we might be the best ones in many other places: the diversity, the city, the uniqueness of a place like [Toronto], fans, the atmosphere. I think those things are so unique, it's beginning to show everywhere.

"And then you have to put the basketball together. Maybe before the basketball wasn't a part of it, but I know there's a part of him that I'm sure thinks this team has a chance.

Raptors will be looking to do everything they can to keep Kawhi Leonard

"With his teammates and seeing how hard these guys are working. We have to show who we are. There is no fake sales job here -- this is what it is."

Additionally, it's recently been reported that the Raptors are ahead of the Lakers in terms of desired landing spots for Leonard next summer, but they're only second behind the Clippers.

A lot can change between now and then, but it looks like Toronto is doing everything they can to try and convince Kawhi to stay with them for more than just one season.

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