Sixers are only East team Kawhi Leonard is interested in

Sixers are only East team Kawhi Leonard is interested in

"But if you don't think that you're going to be able to resign Kawhi Leonard then you don't want to compromise what could be a 10-year player in Markelle Fultz for you". Leonard's odds of starting the season with the Spurs are the same as his odds of playing for the Raptors in the season opener.

Many outlets began reporting in June that the 26-year-old has a strong desire to play for the Lakers as he's a native of Los Angeles, but trade talks have stalled between the two Western Conference rivals.

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. Leonard grew frustrated with the Spurs' handling of his quadriceps injury last season, and though Leonard has met with head coach Gregg Popovich, reports emerged that Leonard has also hid from his coaches during the regular season.

The Toronto Raptors have consistently been mentioned as a dark-horse candidate.

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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?

Considering the Sixers were swept out of the playoffs by the Celtics this past year, they could definitely use a player like Leonard to help compete with an even more loaded Boston team next season. According to Keith Pompey of, the "most realistic trade package" the Sixers could send to the Spurs includes Dario Saric, Robert Covington, and a future first-round pick. On the other hand, that duo is yet to take the team over the hump (mostly thanks to James' presence in the East), and with James now out West, adding Leonard could take the team to the next level. The team reportedly isn't looking to rebuild after making the playoffs without their best player for nearly an entire season. But his health - and his role in managing it - are red flags.

When healthy, Leonard proves to be one of the best two-way players in the league. The updated odds could be nothing.

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