Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Toronto Raptors "In The Driver's Seat" For Kawhi Leonard

Toronto Raptors

"[Brian] Windhorst says the [Brooklyn] Nets don't have the cap space all of a sudden, the [Chicago] Bulls signed Jabari Parker to $20million - they don't have the cap space to help make it work, that's one of the reasons you're hearing Toronto come back into the fold".

As long as Kawhi Leonard remains a member of the San Antonio Spurs he will be one of the major stories in the National Basketball Association.

"The Toronto Raptors, I think they're in the driver's seat for Kawhi", Windhorst shared.

Lowe himself confirmed the Kawhi-to-Raptors rumours held weight, then offered his own fake trade proposal of DeMar DeRozan, Pascal Siakam and at least one first-rounder.

There was also a relatively quick response from Leonard's camp, indicating that he has no desire to play in Toronto.

Despite the widespread interest, however, ESPN reports many teams have made "modified" offers because of questions surrounding Leonard's long-term plans (Is he just a one-year rental who will sign with the Lakers when he becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the upcoming season?) and his health (Will he return from his quad injury as a top-5 player?).

Kawhi Leonard could leave the San Antonio Spurs - but where is he most likely to go?

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

But the second - his upcoming free agency - remains the biggest road block in any potential Leonard deal. But while there hasn't been any significant movement on the trade front from either team in Southern California or with the Boston Celtics, one team has been making a push to acquire the two-way star.

Three years after his last contract, the disgruntled star is now eligible for a super-max extension - five years and $221 million - but only with the Spurs.

Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio.

ESPN reports that the Spurs want an All-Star caliber player, high-potential young players and draft assets in any Leonard deal.

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