The 76ers are willing to walk away from the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes.
Leonard is the type of franchise-changing talent who can propel the Raptors forward, with him looking like one of the best in the league prior to his injury.
Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs battles with Patrick Patterson #54 of the Toronto Raptors during an National Basketball Association game at the Air Canada Centre on December 09, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The Spurs keep trying to raise the ante for Leonard, saying that another team is offering more, according to sources. "The Toronto Raptors also generated buzz as a potential destination for Leonard", Tim Bontemps writes. However, teams like Toronto could look at what happened with Paul George last year, when the Oklahoma City Thunder took a chance by trading for him even though it seemed like he would be a one-year rental. There's been some moving and shaking on the odds over the past day or so, as the Raptors jumped up to co-favorites (along with the Spurs at +200) to start next season with Leonard on their roster.
It may not be ideal for the Spurs, but it's one that would get the deal done.
Many outlets began reporting in June that the 26-year-old has a strong desire to play for the Lakers as he's a native of Los Angeles, but trade talks have stalled between the two Western Conference rivals. 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. It has only been a few months, but it seems like this saga has been brewing for a billion years. 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.