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Report: A Sixers-Spurs Kawhi Leonard Trade Is Being Discussed

A picture of Kawhi Leonard from behind.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The sweepstakes for Kawhi Leonard is heating up. Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs are in the midst of a breakup following a season in which Kawhi played just nine games.

The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly under "mounting" pressure to land Kawhi in a trade before LeBron James makes his free agency decision. However, the Lakers aren't alone in their pursuit of the two-time Defensive Player of the Year.

The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly reached out to the Spurs to discuss a trade. Philadelphia has a bevy of young prospects and picks, just like the Celtics.

Here's what a trade for Kawhi could look like for the Spurs and 76ers, according to Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated.

One team source says preliminary discussions with San Antonio revealed the Spurs have strong interest in a package involving burgeoning forwards Dario Saric and Robert Covington as well as a future first-round pick.

A potential, more serious offer that Philadelphia is weighing internally includes Saric and Covington and the 2021 Miami Heat unprotected first-round pick the Sixers obtained in their draft-night deal with the Phoenix Suns.

A trade for Kawhi Leonard is dangerous. The game's best two-way player (when healthy) is entering the final year of his contract with the Spurs. A team trading for Kawhi would need to know that Leonard will re-sign going forward.

Leonard's camp has made it known that he wants to be in Los Angeles, but he could be persuaded to stay in a larger market like Boston or Philadelphia.

Stay tuned for more free agency madness.

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