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What The Sixers Would Give Up In A Trade For Kawhi Leonard

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)

The San Antonio Spurs will reportedly not be trading Kawhi Leonard to a Western Conference team. This might be a little petty, but according to ESPN, it's true. Gregg Popovich and Co. are basically hanging up the phone when anyone from the West (yes, that includes you, Lakers) calls them.

This of course leaves the Eastern Conference teams as potential trade partners. Few teams, if anyone, make more sense than the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor has outlined today how the Sixers could land both Leonard and LeBron James. Yes, that's actually possible.

James could come via free agency and Leonard could come via a trade. What would it take to trade for Leonard? The Sixers appear to have what it takes.

The Sixers could give up a package featuring former No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz, Robert Covington, Jerryd Bayless and 2018 first-round pick Zhaire Smith.

From The Ringer:

In the deal for Leonard, include Markelle Fultz, Robert Covington and Jerryd Bayless, then an additional $5.79 million in outgoing salary that could come in different forms.

It’s unclear who the Spurs would want. But Sixers draftee Zhaire Smith, a high-flying 18-year-old wing from Texas Tech, met with the Spurs prior to the draft, so he could be one player involved. There’s a hint of Leonard in Smith: He’s raw and athletic with lockdown defensive ability, yet also shows flashes of go-to-scoring upside if his jumper improves. If I were the Spurs, I wouldn’t accept a deal unless Smith were in it with the other asset the Sixers acquired in a draft-night trade with the Suns: Miami’s unprotected first-round pick in 2021.

A Ben Simmons-Kawhi Leonard-LeBron James-Joel Embiid team would be incredibly entertaining to watch. And, maybe, even the favorite over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

People complain that the NBA is too predictable these days, but who wouldn't want to watch a Sixers-Warriors NBA Finals if this all happens?