However, if a trade can't be worked out to send Leonard to Los Angeles, the Eastern Conference is a possibility as well.
Bontemps adds that with LeBron James now out of the Eastern Conference after signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri might be willing to swing for the fences and move all-stars DeMar DeRozan or Kyle Lowry in such a deal to acquire Leonard. San Antonio does not appear to be urged to make a move right now.
Leonard's camp put out his interest to join the Lakers amid his outrage with the way he was treated by the Spurs, but he's in no way facilitated any sort of good faith around league circles.
Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that the Sixers have been in talks with the Spurs and are confident they could convince Leonard to sign an extension, but the Spurs "keep trying to raise the ante" for Leonard by claiming another team is offering more. It's part of the never-ending saga that began in January, when the idea of poor communication between Leonard and the organization surfaced.
"It seems like every other player is putting out a video on social media of them working out", said the Eastern Conference GM. The problem, however, is both Boston and Philadelphia are keeping their top players "off limits" as per ESPN.
Leonard, one of the best all-around players in the NBA, wants out of San Antonio after the 27-year-old former NBA Finals MVP accused the Spurs of mishandling a quadriceps injury that limited him to just nine games last season.
The Spurs have reportedly asked the Sixers for three future first-round draft picks and two current players but if one of those players do not include one of either Markelle Futlz, Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid, it will likely be rejected.