Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

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

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

Not even 10 days since the beginning of free agency, most of the major questions entering the NBA's much-anticipated 2018 off-season have already been answered.

The other team that seems to be majorly interested and have the assets is the Philadelphia 76ers.

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The Leonard-Spurs saga has seemingly lingered for months now.

Leonard has been closely linked to the Lakers given his reported desire to play in Los Angeles, but the James signing has complicated that option for the Spurs, who are understandably hesitant to hand L.A. what would arguably the NBA's top duo and help them to instant title contender status. According to Keith Pompey of Philly.com, the "most realistic trade package" the Sixers could send to the Spurs includes Dario Saric, Robert Covington, and a future first-round pick.

The Toronto Raptors have generated buzz at Summer League as a possible trade destination for Kawhi Leonard. He was clearly a favorite for the team and years later, he could be in the mix yet again.

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

Tim Bontemps also reports that the Philadelphia 76ers have "consistently remained atop the list of teams expected to land Leonard".

Leonard, one of the best all-around players in the NBA, wants out of San Antonio after the 27-year-old former NBA Finals MVP accused the Spurs of mishandling a quadriceps injury that limited him to just nine games last season.

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