Raptors have ‘generated buzz’ in Kawhi Leonard trade market

Raptors have ‘generated buzz’ in Kawhi Leonard trade market”

LeBron James, as many expected, closed his latest Cleveland chapter and took his talents to Hollywood with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Kawhi Leonard saga is continuing for now.

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. His reasoning was he did not want to play second fiddle to the three-time champion, which is understandable, given that he starred against the James-led Miami Heat during the 2014 NBA Finals where he was notably named MVP. The publication cited previous reports that claimed Leonard still prefers the Los Angeles Lakers above other potential suitors, and if he would move to an Eastern Conference team, he would only be interested in playing for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Concern about Leonard's injury status and his impending interest in remaining in another National Basketball Association city different than Los Angeles have been reasons that have kept front offices from stepping up their offers, unwilling to give up any valuable assets in trade talks with the Spurs.

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.

"Los Angeles are his preferred destinations", Haynes said.

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.

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. While he is truly one of the best players in the league today, he only featured in nine games last season due to a quadriceps injury, having last played in January.

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