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Rick Zamperin: Kawhi Leonard joining the Raptors is a longshot

11 July 2018, 10:32 | Anna Jefferson

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Are the Sixers willing to give Spurs' sky-high asking price for Kawhi Leonard?

The Leonard-Spurs saga has seemingly lingered for months now. Despite saying that he will only sign with the Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer, Chris Haynes of ESPN revealed that Leonard is now also giving the Sixers a consideration. The Spurs reportedly asked them for three future first-round draft picks and two current players, but if one of those players do not include one of either Markelle Futlz, Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid, it will likely be rejected.




If this is true, all those rumors about the Boston Celtics dealing for Leonard can be put to rest, as Boston wouldn't be interested in acquiring a player who has no desire to be there.

According to Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post, the Raptors have "generated buzz as a potential destination for (Kawhi) Leonard". With LeBron James out of the Eastern Conference, perhaps Raptors President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri is willing to swing for the fences and move DeMar DeRozan or Kyle Lowry in such a deal. Even if it costs the Raptors a draft pick and a young asset, moving, say, DeMar DeRozan in a package for Leonard would give Toronto a cleaner cap sheet when nearly all of their meaningful contracts come off of the books in 2020.

While the Raptors may be making some noise, reports are that the 76ers remain atop Leonard's list. But it's taking a lot longer to figure out which team Kawhi Leonard will end up playing for next season. 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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