Raptors have ‘generated buzz’ in Kawhi Leonard trade market

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Raptors have ‘generated buzz’ in Kawhi Leonard trade market

Leonard's relationship has deteriorated with the Spurs' organization after ESPN reported that the former NBA Finals MVP believes the organization mishandled his quadriceps injury, as well as comments made by Popovich and teammate Tony Parker regarding his injury as Leonard sat out most of the season.

Not even 10 days since the beginning of free agency, most of the major questions entering the NBA's much-anticipated 2018 off-season have already been answered.

"If the right situation comes where we can acquire someone that can really add value to our program and the cost of it isn't prohibitive, then we'll move forward and do that", Sixers co-managing partner Josh Harris said. Teams like the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, and Los Angeles Clippers have often been mentioned in past rumors, but a new report hints at a possible dark horse in the Kawhi sweepstakes - the Toronto Raptors.

However, it's unclear what a package for Leonard would look like from Toronto's side.

Over the past few weeks, many an National Basketball Association player had found a new home via free agency or trade, with LeBron James headed to the Los Angeles Lakers, DeMarcus Cousins set to join the Golden State Warriors and their lineup of All-Stars, and Dwight Howard moving once again and becoming a Washington Wizard.

The Toronto Raptors also generated buzz as a potential destination for Leonard.

With the departure of LeBron James this offseason, his dominance of the Eastern Conference was taken with him, leaving a wide open Eastern Conference for any team willing to take it. He was clearly a favorite for the team and years later, he could be in the mix yet again.

A Kawhi Leonard trade could be next. Leonard played in only nine games in 2017-18, scoring 16.2 points a night, well below his average of 25.5 in 2016-17. Part of the reason why teams could be hesitant to offer the motherlode for Leonard is that he is entering the final year of his contract and may amount to a one-year rental player for teams.

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