Kawhi Leonard is currently the top valued free agent for the upcoming trade deals in the NBA. Even if he doesn’t re-sign with the Toronto Raptors, they would save money and get new players.
Also, the Raptors are in a very good position to either make a new deal or leverage him for better trade options. It is not just about that, Leonard won the 2019 finals MVP and made Toronto gets their first ever final trophy.
All this have wouldn’t happen, if the San Antonio Spurs has not traded him last year to the Raptors. As the next trade dates are getting close, the latest reports have revealed that it happened because of huge confusion. The Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers could have traded in Kawhi Leonard but had a great misunderstanding.
Los Angeles, Boston Celtics, and Philadelphia 76ers
Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers were the top in the race to get Kawhi Leonard, while the Raptors had no claim. But both of the teams did not pursue Leonard, as they were misguided about his intentions. The Celtics and the 76ers had better assets for a deal and also players to support Leonard in the team.
But what made them not make a trade was a piece of false information that Kawhi Leonard is going to one of the Los Angeles team. LA Clipper or LA Lakers are the two home teams for Leonard, which he always wanted to play in the NBA.
No deal with San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs was the team that had Kawhi Leonard in the 2018 NBA trade deals. The Boston Celtics were saving that time to get Anthony Davis, which was a replacement for Kyrie Irving. While the 76ers would not make a trade with the Spurs, without the offers for Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons.
Both the teams have paid for their mistakes, and none of the NBA teams would repeat such a thing. It is why no one is taking any rumors seriously, and are waiting for trade deals to start.