Raptors now an odds frontrunner to land Kawhi Leonard

Markelle Fultz

Markelle Fultz

Leonard's discontent with the San Antonio Spurs has been well-publicized in recent weeks, and a handful of teams were linked to the former NBA Finals MVP. His most desirable destination would be one of the Los Angeles teams, seeing as how Leonard is an L.A. resident - preferably the Clippers now that James has taken over the Lakers half of the city.

The truth of the matter is, the Spurs are being extremely stubborn when it comes to dealing their superstar.

The Toronto Raptors are now the betting favorites to make a trade with the San Antonio Spurs in the 2018 National Basketball Association offseason. Fans hoping for larger scale change with the organization have been left wondering what magic can be worked in the trade market, and the league as a whole has been quiet on that front, with most moves seemingly waiting for an ending to the Kawhi Leonard saga, one that the Raptors seemed to not be involved in.

Tim Bontemps also reports that the Philadelphia 76ers have "consistently remained atop the list of teams expected to land Leonard".

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Acquiring one of Toronto's guards would keep San Antonio competitive in 2018-2019.

The Spurs have reached the playoffs in 21 straight seasons, but they were the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference last season after going just 47-35.

Now the betting site has Toronto at even money while San Antonio has moved to +400 in regards to retaining Leonard.

ESPN's Zach Lowe reported July 5 on a possible Spurs-Leonard deal surrounding DeRozan as well with possibly rookie OG Anunoby and a first-round pick attached. There's been some moving and shaking on the odds over the past day or so, as the Raptors jumped up to co-favorites (along with the Spurs at +200) to start next season with Leonard on their roster.

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