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The Sixers ‘realistic’ package that could push Spurs to trade Kawhi Leonard

11 July 2018, 09:54 | Charlene Valdez

Sixers unwilling to spend too much for Kawhi Leonard - Philly

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The 76ers' future is incredibly bright, and while Leonard could take the team to new heights, he might not be worth such a massive move given the level of uncertainty. With San Antonio in no rush to move its disgruntled superstar, the drama could drag on throughout the summer - and beyond.

The Kawhi Leonard trade rumors have simmered down a bit the past week or so since the top National Basketball Association free agents signed new deals.

The Spurs reportedly are asking the world for Leonard from the Lakers - packages including L.A.'s top young players and a pile of draft picks - and don't appear willing to budge or negotiate much.

With the 28-year-old now having a year left on his deal, the Spurs have some leverage in that they can choose who they trade Leonard to or keep him for a year where he can then leave as an unrestricted free agent. According to Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post, the Raptors have "generated buzz as a potential destination for (Kawhi) Leonard".


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. He was clearly a favorite for the team and years later, he could be in the mix yet again. Even if it costs the Raptors a draft pick and a young asset, moving, say, DeMar DeRozan in a package for Leonard would give Toronto a cleaner cap sheet when nearly all of their meaningful contracts come off of the books in 2020.

While the Raptors may be making some noise, reports are that the 76ers remain atop Leonard's list. The Sixers are confident that they can sway him to pick up his player option or re-sign with them via free agency next summer.

Leonard is keen to leave San Antonio after a fall-out with the organisation over the quad injury that kept him to just nine games last season.



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