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Raptors have ‘generated buzz’ in Kawhi Leonard trade market

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Cary Erickson | 10 July, 2018, 17:25

It's been over a week since LeBron James announced his intentions to join the Los Angeles Lakers, which is still the biggest news of the summer.

Philadelphia has the cap space to make a run for Leonard - a move that could solidify a potential stronghold in the Eastern Conference, now that LeBron James has gone out West.

As the Kawhi Leonard trade rumblings continue to unfold, the Washington Post's Tim Bontemps surmises that the Toronto Raptors have "generated buzz" as a potential landing spot for the San Antonio Spurs' beleaguered star. The All-Star forward remains a part of the San Antonio Spurs organization.

As a result, potential trading partners are not willing to give into the Spurs' steep trade demands if he's not going to re-sign with their team.

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.

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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.

Many reports suggest that the Spurs are hopeful they could mend fences with Leonard and convince him to stay long-term, while others said all hope is lost for the two parties moving forward - making his eventual exit their only hope at yielding a return.

But according to ESPN's Chris Haynes, there is only one team in the East that Leonard would interested in playing for: the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Sixers could include Fultz in the deal, even though he is one of their "off limits" players; however, they would have to consider losing last year's No. 1 draft pick in exchange for what could likely be a one-year rental in the form of Leonard, who could depart as a free agent next year.