The Lakers are reportedly unwilling to move Brandon Ingram in a Kawhi Leonard trade. The Sixers are reportedly unwilling to move Markelle Fultz in a Kawhi Leonard.
Who’s the best player San Antonio could get for their All-NBA forward?
It might be an Eastern Conference All-Star shooting guard.
The Toronto Raptors have been named a possible suitor for the Spurs and their hopes to trade Kawhi. Could DeMar DeRozan, a four-time All-Star, be moved in a trade?
ESPN’s Zach Lowe mentioned this as a possibility:
The most logical all-in play on the board is Toronto offering DeRozan, one of Pascal Siakam, Delon Wright, Jakob Poeltl, and OG Anunoby, and a future first-round pick. Upgrade from DeRozan to Leonard, and the Drakes have a real shot to make the NBA Finals. Maybe Leonard would love Toronto, and enjoy playing in May and June in front of that nutty crowd.
If Leonard walks, the damage isn’t so severe. After this season, DeRozan will either opt in to $27.7 million or enter free agency seeking a mega-contract as he turns 30. But DeRozan is really good, Leonard is a huge flight risk, and my hunch is the Spurs would demand too much future stuff for Toronto’s taste (if the it has any interest in the first place).
Kawhi on the Raptors would be pretty fascinating. So, too, would DeRozan on the Spurs. It’s certainly a swap that would provide some major excitement moving forward.