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The San Antonio Spurs continue to discuss a trade of star forward Kawhi Leonard with several teams, but it appears no agreement is close.
The Spurs have reportedly held talks with the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors.
As expected, San Antonio is in no rush to trade Leonard and want a grand offer in return for the two-time Defensive Player of the Year.
“The Spurs continue to talk with multiple teams on deals,” ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski said. “There’s nothing on the table the Spurs are ready to do. They have a high threshold on a (Kawhi) trade.”
Leonard reportedly prefers to play for one of the teams in Los Angeles. There have been conflicting reports as of late, as some reports indicate Leonard is fixated on joining the Lakers, while other outlets are reporting he favors the Clippers now that LeBron James is on the Lakers.
The Sixers are willing to build a package around Dario Šarić, Robert Covington and multiple draft picks to acquire Leonard. They will not include Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid or Markelle Fultz.
Yahoo Sports reported 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.
According to ESPN reporter Chris Haynes, the Sixers are the only East Coast team Leonard will consider re-signing with.
The Lakers have spoken to the Spurs on multiple occasions, but are unwilling to part ways with Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, two players San Antonio want in return for Leonard.
L.A. is operating under the impression that if they can’t acquire Leonard this summer, he will just sign with them when he becomes a free agent in 2019. But the Lakers should be careful with that logic, as Paul George was once thought to be a lock to be a Laker and now he’s in Oklahoma City for the long-haul after re-signing with the Thunder on a four-year deal.