Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Rick Zamperin: Kawhi Leonard joining the Raptors is a longshot

Rick Zamperin: Kawhi Leonard joining the Raptors is a longshot

The team reportedly isn't looking to rebuild after making the playoffs without their best player for nearly an entire season.

Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post noted on Monday that, "The Philadelphia 76ers have consistently remained atop the list of teams expected to land Leonard".

So with the league seemingly at an impasse as this saga drags on, here's a proposition for a four-team, blockbuster deal involving the Philadelphia 76ers. But that line shifted even more on Thursday. With impending free agency for Leonard, teams are unwilling to give up too much in an offer, for fear he might not stick around and overpaying for a rental could damage the long-term prospects for a young team. To date, the most prominent team to come forward with a proposal has been the Los Angeles Lakers, with their subsequent discussions seemingly not progressing.

What would such a trade look like? ESPN's Brian Windhorst then said in an appearance on SN 590 The Fan Wednesday that National Basketball Association executives believe the Raptors are one of the best positioned teams to make a play for Leonard. However, the Spurs want two players - again, believed to be Saric and Covington - and three future first-round picks.

Now, the latest betting odds from OddsShark has the Raptors pegged as the favorites to acquire Leonard.

Kawhi Leonard is still a member of the San Antonio Spurs, despite numerous reports that the team is "ready" to move on from the former NBA Finals MVP.

Honestly, it seems like nobody really knows at this point. It probably wouldn't be advisable to go out and buy yourself a Leonard jersey yet, but it's worth, as Windhorst and Lowe have said, keeping an eye on. The Raptors don't have any developing players that would be considered untouchable.

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