Spurs, 76ers, Clippers Top Betting Odds for Kawhi Leonard's 2018-19 Team

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2018

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) moves the ball up court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 112-80. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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Kawhi Leonard's relationship with the San Antonio Spurs may have turned frosty this season, but oddsmakers in Las Vegas are still pegging them as his most likely employer at the start of next season.

According to Bovada (via OddsShark), the Spurs are -170 (bet $170 to win $100) favorites to have Leonard on their roster for the first game of the 2018-19 season. 

The Philadelphia 76ers are the second choice at +400, while the Los Angeles Clippers sit in third at +700. 

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Which team will Kawhi Leonard be on for the first game of the 2018-2019 NBA regular season? Spurs -170 76ers +400 Clippers +700 Lakers +900 Celtics +1100 Cavaliers +1200 Knicks +1400 Hornets +1500 Bucks +1500 Odds via @BovadaLV https://t.co/6i1iOjzQ05

Leonard's 2017-18 campaign was embroiled in injury-related drama as he missed all but nine games because of a quadriceps injury that forced him to step away from the team and rehab remotely. 

According to ESPN.com's Michael C. Wright, Spurs brass is planning "all-hands-on-deck summer meeting" to see if the sides can work out their differences and continue what has been largely a positive and productive partnership."

Leonard, 26, is under team control for one more season at $20 million. He can opt out of his current deal after the 2018-19 campaign by declining a $21.3 million option for the 2019-20 season. 

The Spurs, in an effort to keep Leonard, can offer him a $219 million supermax extension. 

However, it's not a lock they'll do so. 

Appearing on SportsCenter on Wednesday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said the Spurs will not "blindly" put that deal on the table until the sides hash out their differences. 

"But the idea that an organization like the Spurs are just going to blindly walk in and give the biggest contract in franchise history to a player who has behaved the last few months like he doesn't want to be a part of them…it's not going to happen that way," Wojnarowski added. 

"There's a lot of repairing that's going to be done before they even make that offer, I believe."


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