Rick Zamperin: Kawhi Leonard joining the Raptors is a longshot

Lynette Rowe
July 12, 2018

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.

The Philadelphia 76ers haven't offered Markelle Fultz in trade talks with the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard.

It's probably a longshot, but it is interesting to see that Toronto is being talked about alongside National Basketball Association heavyweights like the Los Angeles Lakers - Leonard's preferred choice - the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers.

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

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.

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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.

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? But it was the comment section that grabbed everyone's attention, as Butler liked two separate comments that posed the idea of the seven-year veteran making his way to San Antonio. Does that mean the two teams should look into swapping star players?

All three of these stellar small forwards had the chance to come team up with the East's up-and-comers, help bear the fruit of the Process, and have their name live in Philadelphia 76ers sports history.

He is still under contract for the upcoming season so the Spurs don't necessarily have to trade him if they don't want to, unless the price is right.

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