Raptors close to acquiring a very unhappy Kawhi Leonard

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The NBA world has been waiting to see where Kawhi Leonard will end up, and it appears we may have our answer.

Leonard has been clear that he plans to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency next summer, so Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri is taking a significant risk in pursuing the trade.

Earlier this week, Brian Windhorst reported that both the LA Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers have pulled back slightly on their pursuit of the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the year, leaving the Raptors "in the driver's seat" to land the small forward.

As examples, no Blazers package includes Damian Lillard or C.J. McCollum, league sources said. The Raptors were the top seed in the Eastern Conference last season but were swept out of the National Basketball Association playoffs by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, leading to the dismissal of Coach of the Year victor Dwane Casey.

So far, the Sixers have held out three players - Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz - in talks. That means no Kyrie Irving, no Gordon Hayward, no Al Horford, and certainly no Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum.

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Talks between the Spurs and Raptors have intensified in recent days, league sources said.

ESPN reports that the Spurs want an All-Star caliber player, high-potential young players and draft assets in any Leonard deal. After missing all but nine games during the 2017-18 season with a quad injury, Leonard is reportedly unhappy with the organization regarding his medical treatment. His slow recovery from it led to a rift between he and the team, but the Spurs could be retaining hope they can convince Leonard to return to play in San Antonio next season.

The Suns' Devin Booker is also among the 35 invited players who will attend the Team USA camp.

DeRozan, a four-time All-Star, averaged 23 points, 5.2 assists and 3.9 rebounds last season and indicated on his Instagram account that he might be shipped out of town.

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