If the San Antonio Spurs want to make a statement and create some buzz in the NBA, they should ship Kawhi Leonard to the Toronto Raptors.
Leonard wants out of San Antonio for a multitude of seemingly senseless reasons, but trade talks have largely failed to progress. The Spurs are looking for a deal that would be in their best interest, but that comes with a hefty asking price that teams aren't really willing to pay at this point.
The Raptors, however, could seriously strike a deal that would shake the league in a heartbeat.
The Raptors would most likely have to part with one of DeRozan or Lowry in exchange for Kawhi Leonard. 樂 pic.twitter.com/VRuQc2kw4H— theScore (@theScore) July 9, 2018
The Lakers have been regarded as the top suitors to land Leonard, but with the Raptors apparently willing to part ways with either DeMar DeRozan or Kyle Lowry, it's sounding like the Spurs are receiving their best offer yet. The Raptors have matched the Spurs' odds of having Leonard on their team next season.
A deal with Toronto would teach Leonard a lesson in that he would struggle in such a location. Forget for a moment that Toronto is in an entirely different country, but remember that they are in the Eastern Conference and in the same division as the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers. If dealt to Toronto, Leonard will suffer in the playoffs without Lowry or DeRozan there to back him up.
Updated odds on which team Kawhi Leonard will play for next season (@betmybookie):— OddsShark (@OddsShark) July 12, 2018
San Antonio would prove to the forward that he'll regret leaving an organization respected by many in the NBA, and that he won't find much success in a location such as Toronto, a team that has gotten constantly embarrassed in the postseason.
Oh yeah, and he'll have to deal with Drake. That should be fun.