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Stein: 76ers 'Badly' Want Kawhi Leonard, Here's What A Trade Package Could Look Like

Kawhi Leonard runs up the court during a game for the Spurs.

Kawhi Leonard trade update: we know he wants to be a Los Angeles Laker. That doesn't mean the San Antonio Spurs need to send him there. One team that is hot after him: the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Sixers have moved on to the "win basketball games" portion of the process, making a surprise run to the NBA Playoffs last season. After years of accumulating assets, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid both had breakout seasons, and Philly clinched the three-seed.

Leonard hasn't expressed anything publicly, but it doesn't sound like he has eyes for anywhere by L.A. That is the exact same situation as Paul George last season, when he informed the Pacers that he would be opting out and signing elsewhere, probably the Lakers.

George is now expected to stay with the Thunder, for at least one more year. It seems like he legitimately likes the situation in OKC. That would have to be the model for a non-Lakers Kawhi trade.

The New York Times NBA insider Marc Stein says there are three teams that could make a Kawhi Leonard trade, including the Philadelphia 76ers who "badly" want him.

He joined the Dan Patrick Show earlier today, and discussed those potential destinations.

From the clip:

"Philadelphia badly wants him, Boston is sniffing around, the Clippers would love to have him. There are dice rollers in this league that are not going to be swayed by 'Oh, Kawhi wants to be a Laker so we're out.' You saw that a year ago with Oklahoma City.

"The Thunder didn't even contact George's camp before they made that trade. They just did it. On one hand, you say 'Well, it wasn't that big of a dice roll, the Thunder didn't even give up a draft pick,' but that's a pretty gutsy move to trade for a player of Paul George's stature one year from free agency, and not even check to see how he feels about Oklahoma City, and they just did it.

"There are other teams that operate in that manner."

On Thursday, Sports Illustrated's Jake Fischer outlined the possible trade package that could get Kawhi Leonard to Philadelphia:

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.

That would be quite the deal by the Sixers, especially given the team's lack of a full-time general manager. It would also make that team extremely scary, even if only for the short-term.