Raptors betting favourites to land Kawhi Leonard

Jose Verdugo
Julio 17, 2018

Is there a new favorite to acquire the Spurs' star forward? The Raptors are now level with the San Antonio Spurs as betting favourites for where Kawhi Leonard will play in 2018-19, according to OddsShark.

A couple of weeks ago, Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated reported that the Sixers "held serious internal discussions" about a Leonard trade.

When free agency and the trading period began, it was believed that the Celtics, Lakers and Sixers could offer the best packages to San Antonio in a trade for Leonard.

NBA reporter Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post suggested that the Raptors have moved into the lead to land Leonard by making some aggressive moves during the NBA Summer League.

Another team that has been mentioned as a possible landing spot is the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Spurs are listed as the second team Leonard will likely play for next season followed by the Lakers and Clippers.

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The Toronto Raptors also generated buzz as a potential destination for Leonard. That means the team could be willing to wait as long as necessary, even letting the stalemate last into the upcoming season while keeping Leonard on the sidelines.

But as the weeks go on and Leonard remains an option for teams, the Sixers are still thought of by many around the National Basketball Association as being the favorites for the 26-year-old.

An interesting twist came on Thursday in the ongoing Kawhi Leonard trade saga. Toronto would arguably become Eastern Conference favorites with that move while also sacrificing at least two promising young pieces in Anunoby and Poeltl.

It seems like forever since we've even seen Leonard. It seems to have come from two recent stories.

Leonard's relationship with the Spurs has grown sour over the past year due in large part to communication issues between the team and its superstar over injury management.

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