Raptors now an odds frontrunner to land Kawhi Leonard


So, if the "buzz" is real - and I'm not doubting Bontemps - what would the Raptors have to part with in order to land a superstar like Leonard?

Leonard has made it abundantly clear that he can't wait to get the heck out of San Antonio, and the Spurs are just looking for the right trade package to deal him for. Fans hoping for larger scale change with the organization have been left wondering what magic can be worked in the trade market, and the league as a whole has been quiet on that front, with most moves seemingly waiting for an ending to the Kawhi Leonard saga, one that the Raptors seemed to not be involved in.

Before the Sixers and other interested teams give a "Godfather" offer to the Spurs, it is highly likely that they will first want to get an assurance that Leonard is already 100 percent recovered from the quad injury.

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Per Pompey, the 76ers and Spurs are reportedly engaging in trade talks involving disgruntled Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard. However, teams like Toronto could look at what happened with Paul George last year, when the Oklahoma City Thunder took a chance by trading for him even though it seemed like he would be a one-year rental.

The Toronto Raptors were the #1 seed in the East a year ago, but they were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second straight season. Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster have both said that the Raptors' goal is nothing short of a championship and Kawhi is the type of talent who can put that into play.

Acquiring one of Toronto's guards would keep San Antonio competitive in 2018-2019. It hasn't yet been reported that Toronto has contacted San Antonio. 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.