Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

The Spurs Won't Trade Kawhi Leonard At All Until This Happens

Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard
Isaac Mcdaniel | 19 June, 2018, 23:15

The 26-year-old only featured in nine games this season as he battled with a right quad injury.

Leonard, a native of Los Angeles, has one year remaining of his contract with the Spurs.

While ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Leonard's preferred destination is the Los Angeles Lakers, this is clearly not going to deter multiple teams from around the league in inquiring with the Spurs as it pertains to a suitable trade package.

Appearing Monday on SiriusXM NBA Radio, ex-Cleveland Cavaliers GM David Griffin spoke on Leonard's situation and indicated that last week's reports about the All-Star forward wanting out might not mean much.

But there is no guarantee Leonard even forces his his way out of San Antonio, let alone to the Lakers, at any point between now and the trade deadline next season.

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Leonard believes that the team turned on him when he got a second opinion on his injury.

They are taking calls from teams looking to move up in the draft via trade, and are seeking proven National Basketball Association vets whose presence would both improve the roster and be enticing to James. (Kawhi can opt out of his contract following next season and become an unrestricted free agent).

Now, he apparently wishes to be traded, and the speculation regarding where he might end up is at a fever pitch.

While the chances aren't insane high that this happens and you'd have to believe that every team probably called the Spurs, there is still a chance. There have been indications Gregg Popovich does not want to trade Leonard to the Lakers, and that's probably ramped up now as they may eye building a super-team with LeBron James and/or Paul George to go with Leonard.

Would Kawhi Leonard be a good fit on the Nuggets? To match the salary, the Lakers could also trade Luol Deng to the Spurs. They'll want to hear it directly from the source before giving away a superstar-caliber player like Kawhi.

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