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Oddsmakers believe Raptors are favorites to land Kawhi Leonard

17 July 2018

The Clippers are freeing up cap space to be able to sign two stars to their roster, and depending on the pitch and how this offseason plays out, Leonard could opt to join the Lakers' in-house rival in 2019 if they play their cards right. And another turn was added on Thursday when OddsShark declared the Toronto Raptors as even-money favorites to land the services of the Spurs superstar for the upcoming season.

The recruitment of Kawhi Leonard has been a long and odd one.

Take a deep breath, Toronto Raptors fans. 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. Green also cited LaMarcus Aldridge as an example of a high profile Spur who demanded a trade, but worked things out with coach Gregg Popovich and began playing much better.

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The aggressive moves from the Raptors could show a team looking to fill the power vacuum in the Eastern Conference with the departure of LeBron James for the Los Angeles Lakers.

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. When healthy, he is arguably the best two-way player in the game.

It seems like forever since we've even seen Leonard. He played in just nine games a year ago. The Raptors have a few other young players who aren't household names, but could fit well in the Spurs' system.

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Bleacher Report suggests the Raptors would nearly certainly have to send over DeRozan in a trade.

As Bontemps mentioned, though, acquiring Leonard would likely cost DeRozan or Lowry, the two stars that helped Toronto to the top seed in the Eastern Conference a year ago.

The situation feels similar to how Paul George to the Thunder felt a year ago and look how that turned out for the Thunder.

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