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NBA Odds: Are Raptors About To Acquire Kawhi Leonard From Spurs?

13 July 2018
NBA Odds: Are Raptors About To Acquire Kawhi Leonard From Spurs?

The Toronto Raptors are now the betting favorites to make a trade with the San Antonio Spurs in the 2018 National Basketball Association offseason.

Leonard's relationship with the Spurs has grown sour over the past year due in large part to communication issues between the team and its superstar over injury management.

Multiple teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers, have reportedly engaged the Spurs in trade talks, but neither of those teams are the favorite to add Leonard to their roster, according to Las Vegas sportsbooks. The James-led Cleveland Cavaliers have eliminated the Raptors in each of the past three post-seasons, so even a one-year rental of Leonard could lead Masai Ujiri and Co.to pull the trigger.

The Spurs keep trying to raise the ante for Leonard, saying that another team is offering more, according to sources.

Of course, the Spurs are holding out in the hope that they can extract as many assets as possible from whichever team they trade Leonard to.

If San Antonio wants to get a deal done, the Sixers remain one of the best options in the league.

The Spurs have reached the playoffs in 21 straight seasons, but they were the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference last season after going just 47-35. That is, assuming the Spurs would be interested in such a deal.

San Antonio would receive a pretty promising first-round pick while still adding two players to a team that won almost 50 games last season. Despite saying that he will only sign with the Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer, Chris Haynes of ESPN revealed that Leonard is now also giving the Sixers a consideration.