Raptors have ‘generated buzz’ in Kawhi Leonard trade market



Robert Covington #33 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives to the basket against Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs at the Wells Fargo Center on February 8, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia has the cap space to make a run for Leonard - a move that could solidify a potential stronghold in the Eastern Conference, now that LeBron James has gone out West.

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.

A new report suggests that the Raptors have "generated buzz" as a potential trade destination for the disgruntled Spurs superstar.

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. He was clearly a favorite for the team and years later, he could be in the mix yet again.

Bontemps adds that with LeBron James now out of the Eastern Conference after signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri might be willing to swing for the fences and move all-stars DeMar DeRozan or Kyle Lowry in such a deal to acquire Leonard.

But according to ESPN's Chris Haynes, there is only one team in the East that Leonard would interested in playing for: the Philadelphia 76ers. While shipping out DeRozan or Lowry in addition to other pieces likely would get a deal done, it would also leave Toronto in a jam, as Leonard wouldn't have a strong enough supporting cast to compete for an Eastern Conference title.

Leonard appeared in just nine games last season due to a right quad injury that limited him to just over 23 minutes and 16 points per game.

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