Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Vegas Now Considers Raptors Favorite to Land Kawhi Leonard

Vegas Now Considers Raptors Favorite to Land Kawhi Leonard

The pairing has produced plenty of regular-season success that hasn't translated in the playoffs.

The Toronto Raptors were the #1 seed in the East previous year, but they were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second straight season.

Toronto is believed to be the third best team in the conference behind Boston and Philadelphia. When healthy, Leonard is a significant upgrade over either Lowry or DeRozan. Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster have both said that the Raptors' goal is nothing short of a championship and Kawhi is the type of talent who can put that into play.

It may not be ideal for the Spurs, but it's one that would get the deal done. For all of their playoff struggles, Lowry has made four straight All-Star teams and DeRozan even received some brief MVP buzz previous year.

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With Leonard reportedly seeking a trade from the franchise that helped build him into a two-time All-Star and two-time Defensive Player of the Year, speculation continues to swirl as to where the now 27-year-old Leonard will be playing when the 2018-19 season commences. If DeRozan exercises his player option in 2020, he'll make more than $83 million over the next three seasons.

While LeBron James' free agency period was relatively quick and painless, the National Basketball Association has had its fair share of extended drama with the Kawhi Leonard situation in San Antonio.

There doesn't seem to be a flawless offer out there for the Spurs, at least not at the moment. It has only been a few months, but it seems like this saga has been brewing for a billion years. The 76ers might not be able to get a deal done until they include former No.1 overall pick Markelle Fultz in a trade package. But this could be good news for Philly fans, as landing a player of Leonard's abilities might give the Sixers a leg up on the now wide open Eastern Conference.

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