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The Sixers Have Kept 3 Players 'Off Limits' In Kawhi Leonard Trade Talks

A view of Kawhi Leonard crouching down from the side.

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 Sixers are attempting to add both LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard to their team this offseason. It's a bold play, obviously, but it's starting to feel like a real possibility. Philadelphia is meeting with LeBron's representatives today and trade talks with San Antonio are happening.

Marc Stein of the New York Times reports that Philadelphia's pitch for LeBron will focus on the fact that a trade for Kawhi is still possible.

"Among the Sixers' planned top selling points to LeBron James' agent Rich Paul today: Philly believes it still has a real chance to win the Kawhi Leonard trade sweepstakes, league sources say," Stein reports.

Philadelphia certainly has the assets needed to make a trade for Leonard. However, the Sixers have so far been unwilling to include the player that it might take to get the deal done.

ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Markelle Fultz (along with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid) have been "off-limits" in trade talks for Kawhi.

"The 76ers have also been engaged in talks with the San Antonio Spurs on a potential Kawhi Leonard trade, and so far, have kept three players off-limits in talks, team sources tell ESPN -- Embiid, Simmons and Markelle Fultz," he reports.

ESPN NBA guru Zach Lowe has a difficult time imagining the Spurs agreeing to a trade package of Robert Covington/Dario Saric/pick.

You would think the Spurs would demand for Fultz.

The key to this for the Sixers might be LeBron. If he's willing to sign with the Sixers this summer, it should make Philadelphia more willing to give up Fultz in a package for Kawhi.

A LeBron-Kawhi-Simmons-Embiid foursome is ready to win an NBA championship immediately. If you can make that happen, you probably have to do it, right?