On Monday, Brian Windhorst reported the Toronto Raptors could be in 'driver's seat' to acquire Kawhi Leonard and he added to his reporting on Tuesday. The Raptors reportedly have made a compelling offer to the Spurs for Leonard.
"The Raptors have moved in because there isn't anybody on the Raptors' roster right now that isn't available in a trade," said Brian Windhorst on TSN 1050. "The Raptors aren't protecting anybody. The Raptors, I think, have a shorter timeline with this particular team than the Celtics or Sixers do."
With LeBron James leaving the Eastern Conference, the Raptors see a window of opportunity.
"(The Raptors) have made an offer to the Spurs. As far as I know, it's the most compelling offer that the Spurs have right now. I think right now, they're the only team active in discussions."
Windhorst also spoke about Toronto's perspective on a deal on another program airing in Canada.
"It's real, it's real," said Windhorst on the Tim and Sid Show. "The Raptors are legitimately talking to the Spurs. There's only a couple of teams that they could do a deal with and those teams right now aren't getting traction with the Spurs.
"There's a couple of things you have to realize with this particular trade. It's operating on the Spurs' timetable. It's not a matter of whether the Raptors make a decision to make an offer, or to put a player in the offer. This is the Spurs. The Spurs have never done this before. They are working very methodically. They're not under any real deadline. It's not as simple as making an offer and waiting. It really has to do with the Spurs decide to execute a trade.
"The second thing is you don't just have 'I'm willing to trade A for B.' You also have the uncertainity of Kawhi's health. How healthy is Kawhi Leonard? We don't know. The Spurs don't know. Whenever you get into a situation like this you want to get hard and fast answers because this is a really big moment.
"The other part is would Kawhi Leonard want to stay long-term? I don't know if you're going to get that answer. Even if Kawhi was able to speak directly to the Raptors, I don't know if you've ever talked to Kawhi Leonard before, but he doesn't give direct answers to questions. He doesn't emote. This is a very muddled situation.
"I'm sure Masai (Ujiri) and Bobby Webster and Nick Nurse and other members of the Raptors' front office have been going around and around on this trying to get their minds around it. Trying to figure out whether this is something they should do. But it's there. It's in front of them.