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The Toronto Raptors are emerging as a favorite to land San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard.
During an appearance on The Lowe Post podcast, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst speculated the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers could be backing out of the Leonard sweepstakes, clearing the way for Toronto (h/t The Big Lead’s Bobby Burack).
“I think [the Raptors are] in the driver’s seat for Kawhi because I think the Lakers have given up, the Sixers have given up,” Windhorst said. “And with the Nets, Bulls and Hawks spending their cap space, it makes it harder to assemble a multi-team trade. I think the Raptors are in the driver’s seat.”
There’s no question the Raptors have a strong motivation to acquire Leonard.
LeBron James’ move to the Los Angeles Lakers opens up the Eastern Conference a bit more and increased Toro