76ers remain 'atop the list of teams' that could land Kawhi Leonard

  • 76ers remain 'atop the list of teams' that could land Kawhi Leonard

76ers remain 'atop the list of teams' that could land Kawhi Leonard

The All-Star forward remains a part of the San Antonio Spurs organization.

The Action Network released their odds after the 2018 NBA Finals and the Raptors were considered huge longshots (2.94 percent implied probability) to land Leonard this offseason.

Let's make sure that we get the wording exactly right. Teams like the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, and Los Angeles Clippers have often been mentioned in past rumors, but a new report hints at a possible dark horse in the Kawhi sweepstakes - the Toronto Raptors.

Leonard's camp put out his interest to join the Lakers amid his outrage with the way he was treated by the Spurs, but he's in no way facilitated any sort of good faith around league circles.

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard remains the biggest enigma in the National Basketball Association to this day, as big-time free agents and players have moved cities and teams, as he remains put, but with no clear direction of his next destination or any resolution to his issues with the franchise. While those are the two players the Spurs would want from Philly, they are believed to be asking for three future first-round picks. It would likely include a veteran like Lowry or DeRozan rather than a young asset, but the Raptors would be in a tough spot to lose either of their All-Stars next season.

However, if a trade can't be worked out to send Leonard to Los Angeles, the Eastern Conference is a possibility as well. Leonard is reportedly not against re-signing with Philadelphia next off-season, but the same might not be said of other potential trade suitors - especially considering the Lakers are positioned to have ample cap room next summer when Leonard hits free agency.

Leonard has one year remaining on his five-year, $94.3 million contract signed prior to the 2015-16 season. Leonard played in only nine games in 2017-18, scoring 16.2 points a night, well below his average of 25.5 in 2016-17.