Raptors Could Be In 'Driver's Seat' To Trade For Kawhi Leonard

San Antonio is asking opposing teams for an All-Star, high-potential young players and draft picks in return for the 27-year-old star, according to a report from ESPN.

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots over Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, in Phoenix. Because Leonard is a player teams fear could be a one-year rental, many offers are modified.

"The Toronto Raptors, I think they're in the driver's seat for Kawhi", Windhorst shared. And with the Nets, Bulls and Hawks spending their cap space, it makes it harder to assemble a multi-team trade.

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The Raptors, I'm told, held exploratory discussions in the summer of 2017 with Minnesota on a deal that would have been headlined by DeRozan and the Timberwolves' Canadian swingman Andrew Wiggins.

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LeBron James' departure from the Eastern Conference likely leaves the Raptors with a window of opportunity in what's considered to be a fairly open field, now headed by the Celtics and 76ers. But, the Spurs may not receive an offer that meets their asking price, the report says.

Despite recent speculation Toronto is making a play for Leonard, this is still a fluid situation and appears far from over.

According to ESPN, Leonard would like to show teams how he has recovered from his quad injury - which has been central to his strained relationship with the Spurs - but there is question as to whether his participation in the camp would help facilitate a trade or give the Spurs more opportunity to try to keep Leonard and patch up past issues. He believes the Spurs mishandled his quadriceps injury and mistreated him in the media.

Three years after his last contract, the disgruntled star is now eligible for a super-max extension - five years and $221 million - but only with the Spurs.

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