Sixers remain atop list of teams expected to land Leonard

Kawhi Leonard will be an unrestricted free-agent in 2019.

The Philadelphia 76ers have consistently remained atop the list of teams expected to land San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard, according to a report from the Washington Post.

The Spurs prefer to trade Leonard to an Eastern Conference team and there’s a connection between San Antonio and the Sixers, as Brett Brown, Gregg Popovich’s longtime assistant, is now running Philadelphia’s front office.

The Sixers are the only East Coast team Leonard will consider re-signing with if he’s traded, according to ESPN reporter Chris Haynes. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year will be a unrestricted free agent in 2019.

Philadelphia is willing to build a package around Dario ŠarićRobert Covington and multiple draft picks to acquire Leonard. They will not include Ben SimmonsJoel Embiid or Markelle Fultz.

Yahoo Sports reported last week the Spurs asked for Šarić, Covington, Fultz and three future first-round picks from the Sixers in exchange for Leonard.

If the Sixers decide to include Fultz, a deal could be agreed upon, as it will be difficult for another team to top their offer.

The Los Angeles Lakers have held discussions with the Spurs as well, but are unwilling to part ways with Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, two players San Antonio want in return for Leonard.