Kawhi Leonard is going to be traded by the San Antonio Spurs at some point - probably, anyway. The All-NBA forward has asked to be traded and he hopes to land in Los Angeles. The Spurs are currently exploring several trade options for their star player.
Two players constantly being mentioned in trade hypotheticals are the Lakers' Brandon Ingram and the Sixers' Markelle Fultz. However, neither Los Angeles nor Philadelphia appears to be willing to give up either of those players for what could be a one-year Kawhi rental.
So, what's the most the Spurs could actually get in return for Leonard?
It might be an Eastern Conference All-Star guard.
The Toronto Raptors have been mentioned as a "dark horse" landing spot. The Raptors have two All-Star guards in Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. Both of those players could be available.
From the Washington Post:
The Toronto Raptors also generated buzz as a potential destination for Leonard. With LeBron James out of the Eastern Conference, perhaps Raptors President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri is willing to swing for the fences and move DeMar DeRozan or Kyle Lowry in such a deal.
ESPN's Zach Lowe has also 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).
Would Kawhi consider re-signing in Toronto? If the Raptors make an NBA Finals run, who's to say he wouldn't?