76ers remain 'atop the list of teams' that could land Kawhi Leonard

Tuesday, 10 Jul, 2018

While there are restricted free agents still available, the biggest names in free agency have found homes.

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.

Paul George won a victory for small market teams everywhere by proving that loyalty still exists in the National Basketball Association. While the Spurs would prefer for Leonard to go anywhere other than the Lakers, they still hold some cards due to the fact that he has a year left on his deal. With San Antonio in no rush to move its disgruntled superstar, the drama could drag on throughout the summer - and beyond.

Leonard has made it abundantly clear that he can't wait to get the heck out of San Antonio, and the Spurs are just looking for the right trade package to deal him for. It's expanded a surprisingly small list of potential trade destinations to include possible front-runner Philadelphia, as well as a new team that could be entering the mix. "However, Bontemps noted that the Toronto Raptors have also been "[generating] buzz" as a team that could acquire Kawhi Leonard via trade in the days or weeks to come.

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.

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

Both the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers frequently have been identified as potential landing spots for the star forward, while the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics have garnered some chatter as well. 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.