Raptors become favorite to acquire Kawhi Leonard from San Antonio Spurs

Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard

If I'm betting on where Leonard lands in 2018-19, I would rank the Sixers, Lakers and staying with the Spurs as the top scenarios.

The 76ers are willing to walk away from the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes. 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. The Sixers' most realistic package to submit to San Antonio could involve Dario Saric, Robert Covington and the Miami Heat's 2021 unprotected first-round pick. "So the Sixers will have to decide if they want to part with two more first-round picks or see if the Spurs will back off those demands".

It may not be ideal for the Spurs, but it's one that would get the deal done. Dario Saric and Robert Covington will undeniably be great additions in San Antonio, and their game could further improve when they start playing under Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. He's one of the best players in the entire league, so naturally the asking price for his services is sky high.

"Sixers are the only Eastern Conference team [Kawhi] will consider signing with ..."

And apparently, and rightfully so, San Antonio wants a treasure chest in return for the two-time National Basketball Association defensive player of the year. Those three teams, along with the Los Angeles Clippers to a lesser extent, have been considered the most likely destinations for Leonard ever since it was reported he wanted to be dealt four weeks ago.

While the ultimate goal may be to pair James and Leonard on the same team, for now, it appears that James' arrival has allowed the Lakers to be patient in their pursuit of Leonard.

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