Raptors have ‘generated buzz’ in Kawhi Leonard trade market

Markelle Fultz

Markelle Fultz

LeBron James, as many expected, closed his latest Cleveland chapter and took his talents to Hollywood with the Los Angeles Lakers.

But the biggest trade piece in the National Basketball Association remains on the market. San Antonio wants to get something of significance in return for Leonard, but the leverage simply isn't there. The Spurs reportedly were asking for a king's ransom from the Lakers, with potential packages including L.A.'s top young players Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram and a plethora of draft picks, and the Spurs don't appear willing to budge or negotiate much.

But according to the Washington Post's Tim Bontemps, another team has emerged in the sweepstakes.

The Toronto Raptors have generated buzz at Summer League as a possible trade destination for Kawhi Leonard.

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Unlike the 76ers and Celtics, the Raptors don't possess a bevy of assets to swing a Leonard trade.

With LeBron James leaving the Eastern Conference, there is speculation that Masai Ujiri could be inclined to make a bold win-now trade of the magnitude of acquiring Leonard.

Although the rumors of the Toronto Raptors acquiring Kawhi Leonard and giving up either DeMar DeRozan or Kyle Lowry have added an interesting twist to the disgruntled Spurs standout's ongoing saga, Raptors HQ opined that the chances of the 27-year-old forward/guard playing for the NBA's only Canadian team are quite slim.

He can become a free agent in 2019 and has expressed a desire to join the Los Angeles Lakers which has put off other teams from putting a trade deal together this summer with the likelihood he could leave for nothing in a year's time. Part of the reason why teams could be hesitant to offer the motherlode for Leonard is that he is entering the final year of his contract and may amount to a one-year rental player for teams.

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