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Things that must happen for a Kawhi Leonard trade

20 June, 2018, 02:50 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard

LeBron James can return to free agency by opting out of the final year of his contract in the next two weeks. Leonard played in just nine regular-season games for the Spurs in 2017-18 and did not play in the postseason either.

The difference in opinion is driven primarily by a recent report from Get More Sports' Chris Sheridan that suggested that San Antonio would not consider trading Leonard to a Western Conference peer.

Reports of National Basketball Association star Kawhi Leonard's desire to be traded to Los Angeles caught the eye of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, and now he has a superteam in mind for the Lakers. But what makes them special is that they've ignored the noise for 21 years! Leonard plays a lot like Kobe Bryant with the mid-range game as one of his strengths and his defense is unmatched. He is eligible to receive a five-year $219 million contract extension from the Spurs this summer. First, they need to try to get face-to-face with Leonard and hear what he has to say rather than making a franchise-changing transaction based on reports from anonymous sources. 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.

Now, he apparently wishes to be traded, and the speculation regarding where he might end up is at a fever pitch. And the Philadelphia 76ers can put together a great one as well. The only package that sounds interesting to the Spurs would have to be built around Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and draft considerations, with Luol Deng tossed in to make the money work.

They have the No. 8 pick in this week's draft and would most likely also send Kevin Love or Tristan Thompson for Leonard.

The Kings own the No. 2 pick in the draft, and USA Today's Sam Amick reported Sacramento was expected to pursue Leonard.



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