76ers remain 'atop the list of teams' that could land Kawhi Leonard

Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard

GETTYThe Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers are keen to acquire Kawhi Leonard this summer

Before the Sixers and other interested teams give a "Godfather" offer to the Spurs, it is highly likely that they will first want to get an assurance that Leonard is already 100 percent recovered from the quad injury. However, teams like Toronto could look at what happened with Paul George last year, when the Oklahoma City Thunder took a chance by trading for him even though it seemed like he would be a one-year rental. The Raptors have five straight years of 48-plus wins and no NBA Finals appearances, culminating this past season with a second-round sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers as the East's No.1 seed.

Toronto is believed to be the third best team in the conference behind Boston and Philadelphia. Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster have both said that the Raptors' goal is nothing short of a championship and Kawhi is the type of talent who can put that into play. For all of their playoff struggles, Lowry has made four straight All-Star teams and DeRozan even received some brief MVP buzz a year ago.

Leonard's future continues to dominate the NBA headlines with uncertainty over where he will be playing his basketball next season. If DeRozan exercises his player option in 2020, he'll make more than $83 million over the next three seasons.

The team is in talks with San Antonio to acquire the two-time all-star via a trade.

There doesn't seem to be a ideal offer out there for the Spurs, at least not at the moment.

The Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly targeting San Antonio Spurs general manager R.C. Buford as a potential candidate for their vacant GM spot. All in all, it's not a bad deal and not a robbery by any means.

ESPN's Zach Lowe reported July 5 on a possible Spurs-Leonard deal surrounding DeRozan as well with possibly rookie OG Anunoby and a first-round pick attached.

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