The 76ers are still interested in trading for disgruntled Spurs star Kawhi Leonard.
Philadelphia “badly wants” the 27-year-old forward, The New York Times’ Marc Stein said Friday on The Dan Patrick Show. Leonard, who could become a free agent after 2018-19, prefers to be traded to the Lakers, according to multiple reports.
The 76ers have discussed potentially dealing Dario Saric and Robert Covington as well as a future first-round pick in exchange for Leonard, according to a report from Sports Illustrated.
San Antonio has also spoken recently with Los Angeles and Boston about a possible trade, according to a report from ESPN.
The Spurs are fully engaged in trade talks with several teams on Kawhi Leonard, including the Lakers and Celtics, league sources tell ESPN. Boston has long had the assets that the Spurs most covet in a potential Leonard trade.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 28, 2018
Leonard signed a five-year contract, worth more than $90 million, with the Spurs in 2015. But he appeared in just nine games for San Antonio in 2017-18 because of an injured right quad. He reportedly had a tense relationship with the team throughout his rehab process.
Leonard wants to be traded out of San Antonio, according to multiple reports. The Spurs are hoping to send him to an Eastern Conference team if they do decide to trade him, according to a report from USA Today earlier this week.
The former All-Star has averaged 16.3 points and 6.2 rebounds over his seven-year career.
The 76ers finished last season with a 52-30 record and made the playoffs for the first time since 2011-12.