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Rick Zamperin: Kawhi Leonard joining the Raptors is a longshot

Rick Zamperin: Kawhi Leonard joining the Raptors is a longshot

Kawhi Leonard is still a San Antonio Spur... for now.

Not even 10 days since the beginning of free agency, most of the major questions entering the NBA's much-anticipated 2018 off-season have already been answered. San Antonio does not appear to be urged to make a move right now. Leonard has made it known that he is hellbent on signing in Los Angeles next season, but Paul George said that last summer before he was traded to the Thunder, too.

However, it's unclear what a package for Leonard would look like from Toronto's side. While those are the two players the Spurs would want from Philly, they are believed to be asking for three future first-round picks.

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard remains the biggest enigma in the National Basketball Association to this day, as big-time free agents and players have moved cities and teams, as he remains put, but with no clear direction of his next destination or any resolution to his issues with the franchise.




To further complicate things, it's been reported that the Spurs brass doesn't want to trade the 27-year-old former Finals MVP to another team in the West.

"The Toronto Raptors also generated buzz as a potential destination for Leonard", Bontemps writes. The blog site added that the Raptors don't have enough young players or "draft assets" to package in with Lowry or DeRozan and get the Spurs interested in a possible deal.

According to a Western Conference executive that spoke to The Undefeated, everyone is indeed waiting on a Leonard trade.

Both the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers frequently have been identified as potential landing spots for the star forward, while the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics have garnered some chatter as well. 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.


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