This Is 76ers ‘Most Realistic’ Offer For Kawhi Leonard

This Is 76ers ‘Most Realistic’ Offer For Kawhi Leonard

LeBron James, as many expected, closed his latest Cleveland chapter and took his talents to Hollywood with the Los Angeles Lakers.

It's now closing in on mid-July, and Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs' fractured relationship appears no closer to a resolution.

With the 28-year-old now having a year left on his deal, the Spurs have some leverage in that they can choose who they trade Leonard to or keep him for a year where he can then leave as an unrestricted free agent.

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Both the Timberwolves and San Antonio would face the risk of losing both stars in free agency next year but the Spurs may feel more confident about being able to keep hold of Butler. Pairing him with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid will definitely make the Sixers one of the top favorite teams to represent the Eastern Conference in the 2019 NBA Finals. While those are the two players the Spurs would want from Philly, they are believed to be asking for three future first-round picks. It's expanded a surprisingly small list of potential trade destinations to include possible front-runner Philadelphia, as well as a new team that could be entering the mix.

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.

The Sixers could offer a combination of young players and drafts picks to the Spurs for Kawhi Leonard. Parting ways with Gasol would allow some salary relief for the Spurs, who will likely try to grow through the draft, something that they haven't done given the past two decades of playoff success for San Antonio.

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