The Toronto Raptors have been the hottest names rising in talks of a potential Kawhi Leonard trade. A few days ago, ESPN‘s Zach Lowe floated them as a team that made sense, but now, at least one sportsbook has the Raptors as pretty solid favorites to land him.
MyBookie has been updating its odds for where Leonard will be playing when the season starts pretty regularly.
Last night, Toronto was tied at +200 with the Spurs. However, the line has shifted a ton in less than one day.
Now, the Raptors are alone as favorites, with even odds. The Spurs have the second best odds, at +400.
Updated odds on which team Kawhi Leonard will play for next season (@betmybookie):
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It is unclear exactly what has caused the quick odds shift, but a Kawhi Leonard Raptors trade does seem to be gaining steam.
“The Raptors are definitely a team a lot of executives out there feel are fertile to make a trade,” Windhorst said. “They have a horde of young, good prospects on their rookie contracts, which is what you want if you’re a team starting a rebuild. Second, they might see a window here in the East.”
“The third reason is because, if the 76ers and Celtics are not going to give away their prized young prospects. For example, if Jaylen Brown is not on the table, if Markelle Fultz is not on the table, if Ben Simmons is not on the table, the Raptors have less of a burden to overcome.”
“I definitely think if the Spurs decide to trade Kawhi, and that’s an important thing, I don’t think they’re there yet…but if they do get there, they’re absolutely going to talk to the Raptors.”
DeMar DeRozan or Kyle Lowry could be the centerpiece in the deal for Leonard, along with some of the Raptors’ good young players. Draft picks are also a fair bet as well.
After first floating the Raptors as an option, in a recent podcast Zach Lowe predicted that they would be the spot for Leonard, while acknowledging that the Sixers are the more logical pick. Now, his predictions could become reality.