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.
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.
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.