Spurs, Raptors talking Kawhi, DeRozan trade

Kawhi Leonard could miss out on a lot of money if he leaves the Spurs

Earlier this week, Brian Windhorst reported that both the LA Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers have pulled back slightly on their pursuit of the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the year, leaving the Raptors "in the driver's seat" to land the small forward.

The Blazers are among nine teams that have talked with San Antonio about trading for Leonard, according to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne. "The teams that would be used as facilitators for these deals - the Bulls, the Nets, and the Hawks - have all used their cap space".

At 3:18 AM ET on Wednesday morning, Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania reported that a big-time blockbuster National Basketball Association trade is in the works.

"Talks between the Spurs and Raptors have intensified in recent days, league sources said", he wrote.

Multiple reporters, including Charania and Haynes, have said that Leonard has "no desire" to play in Toronto, which could complicate the final stages of a deal.

"The potential deal would bring Leonard, one of the NBA's top players when healthy, to Toronto and send an All-NBA and All-Star calibre player in DeRozan to the Spurs". Because Leonard is a player teams fear could be a one-year rental, many offers are modified.

But it looks like it's Toronto who has presented the best deal to San Antonio with a proven star in DeRozan being thrown into the mix. It seems likely that the Raptors would at least want the chance to speak with Leonard and his camp, even if they will not give assurances as to any commitment beyond 2018-19, when he can be an unrestricted free agent and is believed to be a certainty to head to one of the Los Angeles teams. He's under contract for two more seasons and owed $41.4 million, but has a player option for 2019-20. The Raptors will be able to offer a five-year deal worth about $190 million based on current estimates, while another team could only offer an estimated $141 million over four years.

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