Windhorst: Raptors may be in ‘driver’s seat’ in Kawhi Leonard talks

Doug Mendoza
July 18, 2018

The Lakers seemed eager to acquire Leonard before they signed James, but have been unable to meet the Spurs' hefty price tag.

Leonard, 27, will be entering his eighth year in the National Basketball Association next season.

Leonard is one of 35 players invited to participate in the camp.

During an appearance on TSN's SportsCentre, ESPN's Brian Windhorst noted that the Raptors have made a "compelling offer" to San Antonio for the All-Star forward, and that team president Masai Ujiri has been negotiating with the Spurs while in Africa. While DeRozan has three years remaining on his current contract, Leonard is slated to become a free agent following the 2018-19 campaign. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year and 2014 Finals MVP has only played in more than 70 games in a season just twice in his career.

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The 76ers, Lakers and Raptors, amongst others, are all reportedly interested in Leonard.

Leonard and Popovich reportedly met in San Diego days later to determine if the two sides could fix the relationship.

The Spurs reportedly won't allow opposing teams to contact Leonard directly and won't divulge any medical reports until after an agreement is already in place, leaving all of the question marks surrounding their superstar firmly in place.

Well, we still don't, but now at least we know what they weren't willing to part with for the disgruntled Spurs star. Per Wojnarowski and Shelburne, "San Antonio has been determined in demanding a sizeable return on Leonard". Apparently not, according to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne.

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