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The San Antonio Spurs made it clear in Kawhi Leonard trade talks with the Philadelphia 76ers that they would require either Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid, according to a report from Zach Lowe of ESPN.
That asking price was a non-starter for the Sixers and the organization cut off communication with the Spurs a while ago.
The Sixers were willing to build a package around Dario Šarić, Robert Covington and multiple draft picks to acquire Leonard, a trade the Spurs were not interested in.
San Antonio never showed interest in any trade packages that were heavy on picks and unproven players, as coach Gregg Popovich does not want to finish his NBA career in a rebuild.
It is unclear how much interest the Spurs had in Markelle Fultz, as he was never seriously discussed. Nevertheless, the Sixers weren’t going to part ways with Fultz either.