Raptors Could Be In 'Driver's Seat' To Trade For Kawhi Leonard


The Portland Trail Blazers are among several teams that have talked to the San Antonio Spurs about trading for star forward Kawhi Leonard.

A healthy Leonard is considered an MVP candidate and would represent an upgrade on their current roster, according to Wright. After missing all but nine games during the 2017-18 season with a quad injury, Leonard is reportedly unhappy with the organization regarding his medical treatment.

The NBA world has been waiting to see where Kawhi Leonard will end up, and it appears we may have our answer.

Leonard has reportedly been adamant that he would like to play in Los Angeles for the Lakers of Clippers once he hits the open market in 2019, and he hasn't expressed any intention to sign long-term with the Raptors if a deal is reached for his services.

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Yet Wright told Fox Sports show First Things First that he believes a move to Canada is viable. The Spurs have not officially offered him that deal.

Would the Raptors be willing to part with DeRozan for what could be a one-year rental? "I think the Raptors are in the driver's seat, and I'd want to know, what would your offer be if you were (Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri)?"

"[Brian] Windhorst says the [Brooklyn] Nets don't have the cap space all of a sudden, the [Chicago] Bulls signed Jabari Parker to $20million - they don't have the cap space to help make it work, that's one of the reasons you're hearing Toronto come back into the fold". If the Spurs like DeMar DeRozan, that's also an attractive win-now proposition. The Lakers and the 76ers, who had previously been linked to Leonard, have lost interest in a potential trade, clearing the way for Toronto to swoop in, Windhorst indicated on the Lowe Post podcast. According to the report, a bevy of picks have been "bandied about in recent weeks".

I think they're in the driver's seat for Kawhi because I think the Lakers have given up, the Sixers have given up.