However, if a trade can't be worked out to send Leonard to Los Angeles, the Eastern Conference is a possibility as well.
It's probably a longshot, but it is interesting to see that Toronto is being talked about alongside National Basketball Association heavyweights like the Los Angeles Lakers - Leonard's preferred choice - the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers. With impending free agency for Leonard, teams are unwilling to give up too much in an offer, for fear he might not stick around and overpaying for a rental could damage the long-term prospects for a young team.
The most reasonable trade package from the Sixers reportedly includes Robert Covington, Dario Saric, and the Miami Heat's unprotected first-round pick in 2021. However, the Spurs want two players - again, believed to be Saric and Covington - and three future first-round picks.
He is still under contract for the upcoming season so the Spurs don't necessarily have to trade him if they don't want to, unless the price is right. That is, assuming the Spurs would be interested in such a deal.
When healthy, Leonard proves to be one of the best two-way players in the league.
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The Spurs keep trying to raise the ante for Leonard, saying that another team is offering more, according to sources.
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Injuries limited Leonard to just nine games last season, but he averaged a career-high 25.5 points per game in the previous season, in addition to 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game.
Considering the Sixers were swept out of the playoffs by the Celtics this past year, they could definitely use a player like Leonard to help compete with an even more loaded Boston team next season.