Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Raptors Reportedly in the 'Driver's Seat' to Score Kawhi Leonard

Raptors Reportedly in the 'Driver's Seat' to Score Kawhi Leonard

The Phoenix Suns are among nine known teams that have talked with the San Antonio Spurs regarding trade interest in disgruntled All-Star Kawhi Leonard, league sources confirmed to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

"Now as it becomes tougher and tougher for a trade to the Lakers or the Clippers to be consummated without another team helping out, I think you have to open up to the fact Toronto could be legitimately, actually, in this game right now for Kawhi".

Lowe responded that if he were running the Raptors, he would offer DeMar DeRozan, Pascal Siakam, and at least one first-round pick.

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.

Wojnarowski reported Tuesday that Leonard is "seriously considering participation" in the Team USA mini-camp in Las Vegas next week that will be led by Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.

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There was also a relatively quick response from Leonard's camp, indicating that he has no desire to play in Toronto.

Last week we covered the two fundamental risks involved in dealing for Leonard. All three teams had the combination of valuable assets to leverage in a trade, and a path to title contention that could entice Leonard to re-sign with them next summer.

That seems like a hefty price to pay for Kawhi Leonard, assuming Leonard leaves in free agency after just one season with the Raptors. That means no Kyrie Irving, no Gordon Hayward, no Al Horford, and certainly no Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum.

There has been little to no public news since the meeting, except for Spurs general manager R.C. Buford publicly stating on draft night that the franchise had every intention to keep Leonard in San Antonio.

What would make for a "sizeable return" in the eyes of the Spurs, you ask?

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