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ESPN Insider Suggests The Toronto Raptors Should Try To Acquire Kawhi Leonard

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

The San Antonio Spurs are stuck in a tough spot right now. They probably have to trade star Kawhi Leonard, but the fact Leonard will be a free agent next season might limit the haul they can get back for him.

The Los Angeles Lakers are still the most likely match for Leonard, but they could also elect to wait until next summer and sign Leonard off the open market. It is no secret that Leonard wants to play in LA.

The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers make some sense as well, but might not be willing to pull the trigger on a major trade for a rental.

What about another team swooping in for Leonard? Well, it might be unlikely, but ESPN cap guru/former NBA executive Bobby Marks has a suggestion for a team that should inquire about Leonard.

He picked the Toronto Raptors:

I know this might sound like a roll of the dice, but if I'm the Raptors, I would pick up the phone and tell Spurs GM R.C. Buford that he can choose a package featuring DeMar DeRozan. Yes, I get that you'd be giving up three years of DeRozan for Leonard's expiring contract. But let's face it: Toronto is third in the East pecking order behind Boston and Philadelphia. With LeBron out West, I would take a chance on Leonard if he looks healthy. Add Danny Green's $10 million contract to Leonard, and a deal for DeRozan works.

Marks raises an interesting point. The Raptors have been spinning their wheels the last few seasons as a good team in the East that can't get past LeBron. Rolling the dice, as he says, on Leonard plus the remaining core in Toronto might be worth a shot.

If we had to bet, a Raptors-Spurs trade is probably unlikely at this point.

It certainly is an interesting out-of-the-box scenario though.