Spurs Reportedly Targeted Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons Before Kawhi Leonard Trade

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The San Antonio Spurs reportedly had their sights set really high in Kawhi Leonard trade talks with a Philadelphia 76ers.

On The Lowe Podcast, ESPN’s Zach Lowe pronounced a Spurs wanted “one of a dual large guys” in a intensity trade, referring to Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

“There is no justification that a Spurs wanted [Markelle] Fultz,” Lowe pronounced on his Lowe Post podcast. “I’ve been told a Spurs never asked for Fultz, and actively didn’t wish Fultz, and in fact wanted one of a dual large guys.”

San Antonio’s transport for Leonard eventually valid to be most reduce than a aim. They got DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 first-round collect from a Toronto Raptors in sell for Leonard and Danny Green.

The Sixers were never going to cruise trade Embiid or Simmons for Leonard. The whole indicate of their seductiveness in Leonard was building a pretension contender around Embiid and Simmons, a span of burgeoning stars in their 20s who should be a substructure of their group relocating forward. Adding Leonard competence have done Philadelphia a Eastern Conference favorite in 2018-19.

A some-more picturesque package could have enclosed Dario Saric, Robert Covington and maybe Markelle Fultz, though Lowe indicated a Spurs had no seductiveness in Fultz. San Antonio’s front bureau clearly wanted a proven actor who could perform right now rather than pieces for a rebuild—a controversial pierce during best.

The Spurs as they mount are a equivocal playoff team. They could have expedited an unavoidable reconstruct had they supposed a package built around younger talent.

As it stands, it seems doubtful that a Spurs and Sixers ever got too low into conversations if Simmons or Embiid was a starting point. 

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