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Vegas Now Considers Raptors Favorite to Land Kawhi Leonard

13 July, 2018, 02:42 | Author: John Swanson
  • Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard

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.

It certainly doesn't hurt the Sixers' chances that head coach Brett Brown has some history with Leonard from his time as an assistant with the Spurs.

San Antonio's string of dominance may be coming to an end, though, especially if Leonard ends up getting traded.

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An article published in the Washington Post this week said the Raptors have "generated buzz" as a potential Leonard destination.

Well, Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri will have to start with one of either DeMar DeRozan or Kyle Lowry, and then add two or three other pieces.

Excluding the "field" option, the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers rank third and fourth on the list while the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics are tied for fifth.

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The Rockets are among the teams that Anthony is reportedly interested in playing for, though money could be an issue. Houston is "determined to sign Carmelo Anthony once he becomes free in OKC", Wojnarowski tweeted Monday.

While there's been no concrete reporting that Toronto is actively trying to break up their starting backcourt, there's been plenty of speculation that the team would look to trade one of their All-Stars.

Acquiring one of Toronto's guards would keep San Antonio competitive in 2018-2019.

Interestingly, that comes a day after the online book bumped up the Raptors' odds as the team with which Leonard would begin the 2018 National Basketball Association season. It hasn't yet been reported that Toronto has contacted San Antonio.

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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. All in all, it's not a bad deal and not a robbery by any means. Leonard's odds of starting the season with the Spurs are the same as his odds of playing for the Raptors in the season opener.

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