If Toronto were to land Leonard in a trade centering around DeRozan, it would be a major risk for the organization.
Wojnarowski reported Leonard still insists on being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers and could use the camp to showcase he is fully healthy from a quadriceps injury that forced him to miss 73 regular season games and the playoffs.
Leonard has grown increasingly frustrated with his role in San Antonio and his relationship with the team and demanded a trade before free agency began. The Lakers and the 76ers, who had previously been linked to Leonard, have lost interest in a potential trade, clearing the way for Toronto to swoop in, Windhorst indicated on the Lowe Post podcast. Additionally, Leonard would be ineligible for a supermax contract if he signs with a new team as a free agent next summer.
Second, if he plays, it's an opportunity for Leonard to demonstrate he's fully recovered (or close to it) after missing all but nine games last season to do a nagging right quad injury - the diagnosis, timelines and subsequent treatment of which is centre stage in the Spurs-Leonard divorce proceedings.
Leonard and Popovich reportedly met in San Diego days later to determine if the two sides could fix the relationship.
"I think they're in the driver's seat for Kawhi because I think the Lakers have given up, the Sixers have given up", Windhorst said. Apparently not, according to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne.
ESPN reports that the Spurs want an All-Star caliber player, high-potential young players and draft assets in any Leonard deal.