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Rick Zamperin: Kawhi Leonard joining the Raptors is a longshot

Rick Zamperin: Kawhi Leonard joining the Raptors is a longshot

Leonard, one of the best all-around players in the NBA, wants out of San Antonio after the 27-year-old former NBA Finals MVP accused the Spurs of mishandling a quadriceps injury that limited him to just nine games last season.

Leonard's name has swirled in rumors with the Lakers, Clippers, 76ers, Celtics, and now the Raptors.

Are the Sixers willing to give Spurs' sky-high asking price for Kawhi Leonard? The James-led Cleveland Cavaliers have eliminated the Raptors in each of the past three post-seasons, so even a one-year rental of Leonard could lead Masai Ujiri and Co.to pull the trigger.

The Toronto Raptors are now the betting favorites to make a trade with the San Antonio Spurs in the 2018 National Basketball Association offseason.

While there's been no concrete reporting that Toronto is actively trying to break up their starting backcourt, there's been plenty of speculation that the team would look to trade one of their All-Stars.

The Raptors would risk losing Leonard in a year since he's eligible to become a free agent next summer and reportedly wants to play in Los Angeles.

Despite their worsening relationship with Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs are still hoping that they can get valuable assets that could keep them competitive in the Western Conference.

So with the league seemingly at an impasse as this saga drags on, here's a proposition for a four-team, blockbuster deal involving the Philadelphia 76ers. The team reportedly isn't looking to rebuild after making the playoffs without their best player for nearly an entire season.

If I'm betting on where Leonard lands in 2018-19, I would rank the Sixers, Lakers and staying with the Spurs as the top scenarios. All in all, it's not a bad deal and not a robbery by any means.


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