Latest on Kawhi to the Raptors and other Leonard trade buzz

Ross Houston
July 18, 2018

Kawhi Leonard could be back on the court soon playing for coach Gregg Popovich, just not wearing Spurs colors.

Wojnarowski reported Leonard still insists on being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers and could use the camp to showcase he is fully healthy from a quadriceps injury that forced him to miss 73 regular season games and the playoffs.

Last week, Las Vegas odds changed in the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes: the Toronto Raptors became the favorite (tied with San Antonio) to have Kawhi on the roster next season. It stemmed from a brief conversation between ESPN reporter Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe during the latest Lowe Post podcast episode in which Windhorst suggested that the Raptors were bona fide contenders for the 27-year-old former Finals MVP's services, but would likely have to include OG Anunoby to garner the Spurs' interest in any proposed deal.

Leonard would be eligible to sign a five-year $190 million contract as a free agent with the team acquiring him or four-years $141 million with a team that has cap space.

Leonard will make $20.1 million next season.

He reportedly had a tense relationship with the team throughout his rehab process and has demanded a trade out of San Antonio.

"I think they're in the driver's seat for Kawhi because I think the Lakers have given up, the Sixers have given up", Windhorst said.

San Antonio's next move is still very much to be determined, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne.

The Lakers, Celtics, 76ers, Clippers, Trail Blazers, Nuggets, Suns, Wizards and Raptors have all talked with the Spurs about possible deals for the two-time All-Star. Per Wojnarowski and Shelburne, "San Antonio has been determined in demanding a sizeable return on Leonard".

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