Toronto Raptors "In The Driver's Seat" For Kawhi Leonard

Lynette Rowe
July 18, 2018

In fact, online sportsbook MyBookie now lists the Toronto Raptors as even money to land the All-Star forward, which is better odds than the Spurs at +400.

Wojnarowski reported Leonard still insists on being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers and could use the camp to showcase he is fully healthy from a quadriceps injury that forced him to miss 73 regular season games and the playoffs.

Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. According to Bleacher Report, All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan would most likely be headed to San Antonio as part of any deal for Kawhi, in addition to young assets such as OG Anunoby and Jakob Poeltl, as well as a future draft pick (s).

During an appearance on The Lowe Post podcast, ESPN's Brian Windhorst explained why he thinks "the Raptors are in the driver's seat". Leonard was one of 35 players invited to participate in the camp, which will be led by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

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Leonard will make $20.1 million next season.

When it became clear Leonard and the Spurs had reached a breaking point in their relationship, and Leonard's camp suggested he won't step in the San Antonio locker room again, three teams were front-and-centre in early trade rumours.

Kawhi Leonard is now super max eligible (third year anniversary of the contract signed on July 16, 2015) to receive a five-year $221 million extension from the Spurs.

In the East, the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers were popular landing spots, however the ESPN report details that neither team was willing to include their best players in a package for Leonard, given the aforementioned risks and the bright futures their clubs already have in store. Per Wojnarowski and Shelburne, "San Antonio has been determined in demanding a sizeable return on Leonard".

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