Kawhi Leonard rumors: Considering USA basketball minicamp

Kawhi Leonard

It stemmed from a brief conversation between ESPN reporter Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe during the latest Lowe Post podcast episode in which Windhorst suggested that the Raptors were bona fide contenders for the 27-year-old former Finals MVP's services, but would likely have to include OG Anunoby to garner the Spurs' interest in any proposed deal. The San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors are in serious talks about a trade centering around Leonard and fellow All-Star DeMar DeRozan, according to Shams Chrarania of Yahoo Sports. That's according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who also reported Leonard only has eyes for the Los Angeles Lakers.

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The Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers have also been rumoured in the running for Leonard, but over the past week, most in National Basketball Association front offices believed that Toronto were in the best position to offer the Spurs a hefty package.

Leonard played just nine games last season with the injury, but has been among the top players in the league since he was drafted in 2011.

Last week we covered the two fundamental risks involved in dealing for Leonard.

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Lowe then built on that point by saying that despite some waving off the Raptors-Leonard rumors because of the shifting Vegas odds (which were taken as a bit too much evidence), the possibility is very real.

If he's traded, Leonard would only be able to receive a maximum of $108 million over four years in an extension, as opposed to the five-year $221 million supermax extension the Spurs can offer.

That seems like a hefty price to pay for Kawhi Leonard, assuming Leonard leaves in free agency after just one season with the Raptors.

The Spurs reportedly won't allow opposing teams to contact Leonard directly and won't divulge any medical reports until after an agreement is already in place, leaving all of the question marks surrounding their superstar firmly in place.

The Spurs have likewise been apprehensive in searching for a deal, reports Wojnarowski.

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