Raptors become favorite to acquire Kawhi Leonard from San Antonio Spurs

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ESPN's Brian Windhorst then said in an appearance on SN 590 The Fan Wednesday that National Basketball Association executives believe the Raptors are one of the best positioned teams to make a play for Leonard.

Tim Bontemps also reports that the Philadelphia 76ers have "consistently remained atop the list of teams expected to land Leonard". The pairing has produced plenty of regular-season success that hasn't translated in the playoffs.

One of the suitors appears to be the Toronto Raptors, who are clearly interested in changing the mix after seeing their season end the past two years with series sweeps at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

With LeBron James now in the West, Toronto could have their best shot at winning the conference for the first time in franchise history. When healthy, Leonard is a significant upgrade over either Lowry or DeRozan.

Leonard can become a free agent after next season, and the general consensus seems to be that he will wind up with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Despite their worsening relationship with Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs are still hoping that they can get valuable assets that could keep them competitive in the Western Conference. For all of their playoff struggles, Lowry has made four straight All-Star teams and DeRozan even received some brief MVP buzz previous year.

The Raptors are now level with the San Antonio Spurs as betting favourites for where Kawhi Leonard will play in 2018-19, according to OddsShark.

There doesn't seem to be a ideal offer out there for the Spurs, at least not at the moment. All in all, it's not a bad deal and not a robbery by any means.

So the Sixers will have to decide if they want to part with two more first-round picks or see if the Spurs will back off those demands.

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