Raptors 'Generate Buzz' As Possible Trade Spot For Kawhi Leonard

Raptors 'Generate Buzz' As Possible Trade Spot For Kawhi Leonard

"That's the only Eastern Conference team he would consider if they're able to put a package together". Kawhi Leonard is still a San Antonio Spur... for now. Certainly, if you sign them as a free agent, you get them for free.

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With the 28-year-old now having a year left on his deal, the Spurs have some leverage in that they can choose who they trade Leonard to or keep him for a year where he can then leave as an unrestricted free agent. According to Keith Pompey of Philly.com, the "most realistic trade package" the Sixers could send to the Spurs includes Dario Saric, Robert Covington, and a future first-round pick.

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The Toronto Raptors have generated buzz at Summer League as a possible trade destination for Kawhi Leonard. He was clearly a favorite for the team and years later, he could be in the mix yet again.

With LeBron James leaving the Eastern Conference, there is speculation that Masai Ujiri could be inclined to make a bold win-now trade of the magnitude of acquiring Leonard. Part of the reason why teams could be hesitant to offer the motherlode for Leonard is that he is entering the final year of his contract and may amount to a one-year rental player for teams.

According to Bontemps, the Philadelphia 76ers have consistently remained atop the list of teams expected to land Leonard. Parting ways with Gasol would allow some salary relief for the Spurs, who will likely try to grow through the draft, something that they haven't done given the past two decades of playoff success for San Antonio. In addition to his impending free agency, the quadriceps injury that limited him to just nine games in the 2017-18 season remains a major red flag.

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