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Report: Philly has ‘really good chance’ to land Kawhi Leonard

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The Philadelphia 76ers had mostly flown under the radar after the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics quickly gauged the possibility of a trade for San Antonio Spurs star forward Kawhi Leonard.

According to Chris Haynes (via Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com), the Sixers boast a “really good chance” to acquire the forward, despite starting out behind two frontrunners to garner his services.

Talks so far have been exploratory, and the Spurs have been reportedly underwhelmed with “flat-out unacceptable” offers from interested teams.

Leonard’s saga remains enigmatic, though, as most executives in the league remain in the dark about the Spurs’ seriousness in potentially trading him this offseason.

Many reports suggest that the Spurs are hopeful they could mend fences with Leonard and convince him to stay long-term, while others said all hope is lost for the two parties moving forward — making his eventual exit their only hope at yielding a return.

The Spurs have been known to be very diligent with this particular issue and could wait until All-Star break if they feel that would ramp up the magnitude of offers from teams, but waiting past that point would be entering dangerous waters, as Leonard can opt out of his contract by next offseason, free to sign with the team of his liking in 2019.

Philadelphia has the cap space to make a run for Leonard — a move that could solidify a potential stronghold in the Eastern Conference, now that LeBron James has gone out West.