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A "Dark Horse" Trade Contender For Kawhi Leonard Has Been Named

kawhi leonard runs onto the court during a pregame introduction

Kawhi Leonard trade talks don't appear to be going very far right now. The Spurs continue to ask for a big package in return for their All-Star forward. No one seems to be biting as of yet.

The Lakers, the presumed favorite to land Leonard, are unwilling to give up what San Antonio is asking for. The Spurs are reportedly asking for three of the Lakers' young players plus multiple first-round draft picks. That's quite a lot, especially for a player who's going to be a free agent in a year.

The Celtics and the Sixers are the other two teams being mentioned for Leonard, but neither seem to be comfortable with the idea of giving up a lot when the California native will likely sign with a Los Angeles team in 2019.

So, where does that leave everything?

ESPN discussed the latest Kawhi Leonard possibilities. A "dark horse" team has been mentioned.


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.

Trading for Kawhi is certainly a gamble at this point. We'll see if any team has the guts to pull the trigger.

You can read ESPN's full conversation here.