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A New NBA Team Is "Generating Buzz" For A Kawhi Leonard Trade

A picture of Kawhi Leonard from behind.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Kawhi Leonard has yet to be traded, but a surprise NBA team is reportedly starting to generate some "buzz" when it comes to making a move for the All-NBA forward, who last month demanded a trade out of San Antonio.

The Toronto Raptors have been mentioned as a potential dark-horse option for Leonard, who has made it clear that he wants to end up in Los Angeles. It's unclear - unlikely, maybe - that he would consider re-signing with the Raptors in 2019 when he becomes a free agent.

Still, the Raptors are starting to get some love when it comes to Leonard.

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.

Further complicating the situation is Leonard’s health, which, until he’s on a court in a live-game situation, will probably remain a mystery.

ESPN NBA insider Zach Lowe had also mentioned the Raptors:

"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)," he writes.

Kawhi on the Raptors, even if it's just for one year, would be a lot of fun.