Lakers, 76ers have given up on Kawhi Leonard trade

Lakers, 76ers have given up on Kawhi Leonard trade

Lakers, 76ers have given up on Kawhi Leonard trade

The Spurs have not officially offered him that deal.

"I think they're in the driver's seat for Kawhi because I think the Lakers have given up, the Sixers have given up", he said.

Waiting for Leonard in free agency is a risky game for the Lakers as seen just a few weeks ago with Paul George. Injuries limited Leonard to just nine games last season, but he averaged a career-high 25.5 points per game in the previous season, in addition to 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game. That's according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who also reported Leonard only has eyes for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers have also been rumoured in the running for Leonard, but over the past week, most in National Basketball Association front offices believed that Toronto were in the best position to offer the Spurs a hefty package.

Wojnarowski reported Tuesday that Leonard is "seriously considering participation" in the Team USA mini-camp in Las Vegas next week that will be led by Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.

Last week we covered the two fundamental risks involved in dealing for Leonard.

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The Lakers, Celtics, 76ers, Clippers, Trail Blazers, Nuggets, Suns, Wizards and Raptors have all talked with the Spurs about possible deals for the two-time All-Star.

The Raptors aren't the only team that has called about Leonard of late.

On Monday, Leonard became eligible for a five-year, $221 million super-max extension with San Antonio.

"If the Spurs are losing deal leverage", Wojnarowski and Shelburne write, "they aren't operating in a manner that suggests they're peddling a depreciating asset". The San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors are in serious talks about a trade centering around Leonard and fellow All-Star DeMar DeRozan, according to Shams Chrarania of Yahoo Sports.

Leonard has grown increasingly frustrated with his role in San Antonio and his relationship with the team and demanded a trade before free agency began.

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