Lakers, 76ers have given up on Kawhi Leonard trade

Sherman Parsons
July 18, 2018

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.

It stemmed from a brief conversation between ESPN reporter Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe during the latest Lowe Post podcast episode in which Windhorst suggested that the Raptors were bona fide contenders for the 27-year-old former Finals MVP's services, but would likely have to include OG Anunoby to garner the Spurs' interest in any proposed deal.

And that could see Toronto willing to break up the team that carried them to No 1 spot in the East previous year by sacrificing one of their two All-Star players, most likely DeMar DeRozan.

The star forward reportedly asked for a trade earlier this offseason, and has a desire to return home to Los Angeles to play for either the Lakers or the Clippers.

Lowe himself confirmed the Kawhi-to-Raptors rumours held weight, then offered his own fake trade proposal of DeMar DeRozan, Pascal Siakam and at least one first-rounder.

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Kawhi Leonard could leave the San Antonio Spurs - but where is he most likely to go? Spurs coach and Team USA head coach Gregg Popovich is one of nine coaches planning to be there. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne reported Tuesday that the Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets also had checked in on Leonard.

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

Toronto would be able to offer Leonard a five-year, $190 million contract next summer. Meanwhile, an Eastern Conference team is getting all the chatter - the Toronto Raptors.

The Spurs have likewise been apprehensive in searching for a deal, reports Wojnarowski.

Leonard has grown increasingly frustrated with his role in San Antonio and his relationship with the team and demanded a trade before free agency began.

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