The recruitment of Kawhi Leonard has been a long and odd one.
It's now closing in on mid-July, and Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs' fractured relationship appears no closer to a resolution. Of course, the Spurs are in no immediate rush to trade Leonard and could go into the 2018-19 season with him on their roster if they aren't blown away by any offers.
The betting site Odds Shark has put the Raptors at even odds to land Kawhi Leonard, and the Spurs are actually next followed by the Lakers, Clippers, and 76ers. Leonard, who will be a free agent following next season, is a Los Angeles native and even reached out to James regarding the two playing together.
"The Toronto Raptors also generated buzz as a potential destination for Leonard". "With LeBron James out of the Eastern Conference, perhaps Raptors President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri is willing to swing for the fences and move DeMar DeRozan or Kyle Lowry in such a deal". In fact, Toronto is a massive favorite to be future home for the 27-year-old.
The Philadelphia 76ers have been consumed with sub-par Summer League play and whether Markelle Fultz has reformed his jump shot before the start of the season, at least that's how it has felt in the last couple weeks. The Spurs, as it is, have had very limited conversations with Leonard, which has made this potential deal that much more hard to pull off. He played in just nine games past year.
There have also been murmurs that Leonard isn't thrilled about sharing the spotlight with LeBron in Los Angeles, and would strongly consider signing a long-term deal with Philadelphia.