Kawhi Leonard trade rumors: Raptors, Spurs finalizing deal involving DeMar DeRozan

According to recent reports from ESPN, the Raptors are the new leading candidates to reach a trade agreement with the San Antonio Spurs for their want-away superstar.

"Now as it becomes tougher and tougher for a trade to the Lakers or the Clippers to be consummated without another team helping out, I think you have to open up to the fact Toronto could be legitimately, actually, in this game right now for Kawhi". The San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors are in serious talks about a trade centering around Leonard and fellow All-Star DeMar DeRozan, according to Shams Chrarania of Yahoo Sports.

According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly given up hope of landing the forward from San Antonio.

From the Raptors side of things, they would likely just be renting Leonard unless they can make an overwhelming impression on him.

Last week we covered the two fundamental risks involved in dealing for Leonard.

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Leonard is available to receive a super-max contract worth around $219 million from the Spurs, but he seems content to head to free agency next summer and join either the Lakers or Clippers.

Lowe then built on that point by saying that despite some waving off the Raptors-Leonard rumors because of the shifting Vegas odds (which were taken as a bit too much evidence), the possibility is very real.

What's more, the Spurs aren't willing to take a discount for Leonard - at least not yet.

Boston reportedly is unwilling to include five key players - Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown and Al Horford - while the Sixers won't offer any of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons or 2017 first-overall pick Markelle Fultz.

"If the Spurs are losing deal leverage", Wojnarowski and Shelburne write, "they aren't operating in a manner that suggests they're peddling a depreciating asset".

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