Raptors 'generated buzz' in potential trade for Kawhi Leonard

Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard

Coincidentally, they happen to be the only team in the Eastern Conference that Leonard would consider joining as well, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

The Leonard-Spurs saga has seemingly lingered for months now. His most desirable destination would be one of the Los Angeles teams, seeing as how Leonard is an L.A. resident - preferably the Clippers now that James has taken over the Lakers half of the city.

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.

Leonard has made it abundantly clear that he can't wait to get the heck out of San Antonio, and the Spurs are just looking for the right trade package to deal him for. So no Celtics, Toronto Raptors or any other National Basketball Association team from this part of the United States. He was clearly a favorite for the team and years later, he could be in the mix yet again.

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While the Raptors may be making some noise, reports are that the 76ers remain atop Leonard's list.

Now there is speculation that Masai Ujiri could be inclined to make a bold win-now trade and acquire Kawhi Leonard from the Spurs.

As mentioned, any potential deal with San Antonio will likely have to include an all-star like DeRozan or Lowry, along with a package of young players and picks. 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 played in only nine games in 2017-18, scoring 16.2 points a night, well below his average of 25.5 in 2016-17.

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