Rick Zamperin: Kawhi Leonard joining the Raptors is a longshot

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The Philadelphia 76ers are said to be the only Eastern Conference team that Kawhi would consider re-signing with.

Kawhi Leonard's hive-mind of his uncle's friends decided that the two-way superstar would be playing in Los Angeles next season, and agreed that Kawhi wouldn't set foot on the court for another team.

While there are restricted free agents still available, the biggest names in free agency have found homes.

However, San Antonio may have just been thrown a curveball from Minnesota Timberwolves star Butler.

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Both the Timberwolves and San Antonio would face the risk of losing both stars in free agency next year but the Spurs may feel more confident about being able to keep hold of Butler. The Spurs reportedly were asking for a king's ransom from the Lakers, with potential packages including L.A.'s top young players Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram and a plethora of draft picks, and the Spurs don't appear willing to budge or negotiate much.

Signs of a potential Kawhi Leonard trade to the Sixers are still in play, as the 2014 Finals MVP is reportedly "OK" with signing a contract extension with Philly, which could make Gasol a bundle asset in a trade scenario, per Sheridan. Even if it costs the Raptors a draft pick and a young asset, moving, say, DeMar DeRozan in a package for Leonard would give Toronto a cleaner cap sheet when nearly all of their meaningful contracts come off of the books in 2020.

According to Bontemps, the Philadelphia 76ers have consistently remained atop the list of teams expected to land Leonard. Part of the reason why teams could be hesitant to offer the motherlode for Leonard is that he is entering the final year of his contract and may amount to a one-year rental player for teams.

It opens up a completely different avenue for San Antonio and their situation with Leonard as they could potentially be getting a ready-made All-Star in Butler to build their team around.

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