NBA Insider David Aldridge Has Major Update On Lakers-Kawhi Leonard Trade

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Not even 10 days since the beginning of free agency, most of the major questions entering the NBA's much-anticipated 2018 off-season have already been answered.

Kevin Durant re-upped on a short-term deal with the Golden State Warriors, Chris Paul returned to the Houston Rockets on a four-year mega contract, and Paul George broke the bank re-signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kawhi Leonard is still a San Antonio Spur... for now.

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

"If the right situation comes where we can acquire someone that can really add value to our program and the cost of it isn't prohibitive, then we'll move forward and do that", Sixers co-managing partner Josh Harris said. These include a previous report from GetMoreSports that suggested DeRozan could possibly head to the Los Angeles Lakers and play for his hometown team, though Complex noted that he recently shut down a Lakers fan who had approached him and asked him to play for the team.

With LeBron James leaving the Eastern Conference, there is speculation that Masai Ujiri could be inclined to make a bold win-now trade of the magnitude of acquiring Leonard. The Raptors could package one of Kyle Lowry of DeMar DeRozan in a deal for Leonard.

According to Bontemps, the Philadelphia 76ers have consistently remained atop the list of teams expected to land Leonard.

He can become a free agent in 2019 and has expressed a desire to join the Los Angeles Lakers which has put off other teams from putting a trade deal together this summer with the likelihood he could leave for nothing in a year's time. Leonard played in only nine games in 2017-18, scoring 16.2 points a night, well below his average of 25.5 in 2016-17.

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