Rick Zamperin: Kawhi Leonard joining the Raptors is a longshot

Rick Zamperin: Kawhi Leonard joining the Raptors is a longshot

Rick Zamperin: Kawhi Leonard joining the Raptors is a longshot

On the trade front, we saw European teen rookie sensation Luka Doncic get dealt on draft night, while role players like Austin Rivers and Marcin Gortat swapped teams, Dwight Howard landed in Washington, and Wilson Chandler was moved to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Instead, he still wants to go to his native Los Angeles but his preference is now the Clippers.

The Clippers now do not have the assets for an enticing package but one team in the East which does is the Sixers, who the Spurs are in discussions with.

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The 76ers are willing to walk away from the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes.

"Teams are going up and around every way they can to find out where he's training, what he's doing", said one Eastern Conference general manager who counts his team among the interested, according to Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report.

The team is in talks with San Antonio to acquire the two-time all-star via a trade. He passed on the chance to head home to Los Angeles and chase titles with LeBron, instead deciding to remain with his friend and former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City. "That's the only Eastern Conference team he would consider if they're able to put a package together".

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Furthermore, Raptors HQ stressed that the Toronto Raptors "don't have the trade juice" to swing a deal for Kawhi Leonard, as adding someone like Lowry who is in the "back end" of his prime years might not make much sense.

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 Spurs reportedly are asking the world for Leonard from the Lakers - packages including L.A.'s top young players and a pile of draft picks - and don't appear willing to budge or negotiate much.

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