Spurs keep trying to 'raise the ante' in Kawhi Leonard trade talks

Tanya Simon
July 10, 2018

Leonard isn't the conventional National Basketball Association star and he often keeps to himself, despite previous summer efforts from his camp to bring him to the forefront during an offseason tour.

However, it's unclear what a package for Leonard would look like from Toronto's side. However, the Spurs want two players - again, believed to be Saric and Covington - and three future first-round picks. In this picture, Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs stands on the court during Game One of the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California on May 14, 2017.

Furthermore, Raptors HQ stressed that the Toronto Raptors "don't have the trade juice" to swing a deal for Kawhi Leonard, as adding someone like Lowry who is in the "back end" of his prime years might not make much sense.

Leonard has been closely linked to the Lakers given his reported desire to play in Los Angeles, but the James signing has complicated that option for the Spurs, who are understandably hesitant to hand L.A. what would arguably the NBA's top duo and help them to instant title contender status.

He is still under contract for the upcoming season so the Spurs don't necessarily have to trade him if they don't want to, unless the price is right.

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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?

With the departure of LeBron James this offseason, his dominance of the Eastern Conference was taken with him, leaving a wide open Eastern Conference for any team willing to take it. It's expanded a surprisingly small list of potential trade destinations to include possible front-runner Philadelphia, as well as a new team that could be entering the mix.

The Kawhi Leonard saga is continuing for now.

Disgruntled San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard's preference is a move to Los Angeles; however, he would only move to the Eastern Conference if it was for the Philadelphia 76ers.

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