San Antonio's string of dominance may be coming to an end, though, especially if Leonard ends up getting traded. The package in return could include one of Kyle Lowry or DeMar DeRozan, according to Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post. However, teams like Toronto could look at what happened with Paul George last year, when the Oklahoma City Thunder took a chance by trading for him even though it seemed like he would be a one-year rental. The pairing has produced plenty of regular-season success that hasn't translated in the playoffs. But, in the latest development, there's been some interesting movement on the betting front, as the Toronto Raptors now have the best odds to start next season with the superstar forward on their roster.
Toronto is believed to be the third best team in the conference behind Boston and Philadelphia. The Raptors don't have any developing players that would be considered untouchable.
According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, it is believed that the Sixers would have a hard time getting Buford to leave San Antonio for Philly. If DeRozan exercises his player option in 2020, he'll make more than $83 million over the next three seasons.More news: Trump’s claim that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation will boost defence spending disputed
There doesn't seem to be a ideal offer out there for the Spurs, at least not at the moment. The Lakers don't seem willing to trade Brandon Ingram, and the Celtics reportedly don't want to trade any of their budding stars. All in all, it's not a bad deal and not a robbery by any means.
San Antonio is expected to trade Leonard at some point, but they could hold out for a few months as they look to get a desirable offer. Despite saying that he will only sign with the Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer, Chris Haynes of ESPN revealed that Leonard is now also giving the Sixers a consideration.