Spurs keep trying to 'raise the ante' in Kawhi Leonard trade talks

Markelle Fultz

Markelle Fultz

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

Instead, he still wants to go to his native Los Angeles but his preference is now the Clippers. In this picture, Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs stands on the court during Game One of the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California on May 14, 2017.

The Spurs keep trying to raise the ante for Leonard, saying that another team is offering more, according to sources. With San Antonio in no rush to move its disgruntled superstar, the drama could drag on throughout the summer - and beyond.

Over the past few weeks, many an National Basketball Association player had found a new home via free agency or trade, with LeBron James headed to the Los Angeles Lakers, DeMarcus Cousins set to join the Golden State Warriors and their lineup of All-Stars, and Dwight Howard moving once again and becoming a Washington Wizard.

The Spurs have reportedly asked the Sixers for three future first-round draft picks and two current players but if one of those players do not include one of either Markelle Futlz, Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid, it will likely be rejected.

To further complicate things, it's been reported that the Spurs brass doesn't want to trade the 27-year-old former Finals MVP to another team in the West. He was clearly a favorite for the team and years later, he could be in the mix yet again. "However, Bontemps noted that the Toronto Raptors have also been "[generating] buzz" as a team that could acquire Kawhi Leonard via trade in the days or weeks to come. The blog site added that the Raptors don't have enough young players or "draft assets" to package in with Lowry or DeRozan and get the Spurs interested in a possible deal.

While the Raptors may be making some noise, reports are that the 76ers remain atop Leonard's list.

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