Spurs, Raptors talking Kawhi, DeRozan trade

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And six minutes later tweeted that Leonard and DeRozan are aware that "a deal may be imminent". For the Raptors, the risk versus reward would come should the Leonard deal go through, but Toronto has become a potentially attractive city, organization and on- and off-court fit for marquee players.

Wojnarowski reported Tuesday that Leonard is "seriously considering participation" in the Team USA mini-camp in Las Vegas next week that will be led by Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.

So... *goodness*, there's a lot to unpack here.

Since Kawhi made it clear he wanted to be traded, the Spurs have deliberately taken a patient approach and wanted to explore all their options before making any decision.

Where will Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard be playing next season? Several teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers, emerged as suitors, but most National Basketball Association executives believed the Raptors presented the best potential current and future package.

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The Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers have also been rumoured in the running for Leonard, but over the past week, most in National Basketball Association front offices believed that Toronto were in the best position to offer the Spurs a hefty package.

The report also indicates the Lakers are not prioritizing a trade for Leonard, opting instead to trust he will want to join them in free agency next summer. Leonard is a superstar two-way player, and LeBron James is now out of the East. Keep in mind they're losing a star shooting guard in this deal, so it's not like they're just adding Leonard to everything else they had. It seems this is a thing that very well could happen.

For the Spurs, being able to get DeRozan back in the trade is a pretty successful result, at least when you consider that their relationship with Leonard is seemingly broken. If Leonard left the Raptors, he could sign a four-year, $141 million deal with a team with the available salary-cap space.

Expect much more news in the coming hours on this potential blockbuster trade.

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