I think the Sixers have given up, and with the Nets, Bulls, and Hawks spending their cap space, it makes it harder to assemble a multi-team trade.
"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".
Kawhi Leonard could leave the San Antonio Spurs - but where is he most likely to go? I think the Raptors are in the driver's seat.
Lowe responded that if he were running the Raptors, he would offer DeMar DeRozan, Pascal Siakam, and at least one first-round pick.
Leonard averaged 16.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in just nine appearances after dealing with a nagging quad injury all of 2017-18.
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That news is noteworthy for two reasons: One, the head coach of Team USA is none other than Spurs bench boss Gregg Popovich, the man who Leonard (and his camp, led by his uncle who is also his agent) have decided the two-time defensive player of the year no longer wants to play for.
How much are teams willing to give up for a rental player, even if that player is a top-five talent and arguably the NBA's best two-way force? Meanwhile, an Eastern Conference team is getting all the chatter - the Toronto Raptors.
The Lakers seemed eager to acquire Leonard before they signed James, but have been unable to meet the Spurs' hefty price tag.
In fact, online sportsbook MyBookie now lists the Toronto Raptors as even money to land the All-Star forward, which is better odds than the Spurs at +400.
Leonard and Popovich reportedly met in San Diego days later to determine if the two sides could fix the relationship.