Latest Kawhi Leonard trade rumors: Cleveland, Phoenix reportedly now in mix

20 June, 2018, 02:52 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard

James has until June 29 to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Cavaliers.

Pau Gasol #16 of the San Antonio Spurs, Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs, and Davis Bertans #42 of the San Antonio Spurs look on against the Denver Nuggets on January 13, 2018 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. The team could easily hold onto Kawhi if they don't see a trade that pleases them enough, after all the team proved that they would be able to perform without him, at least in the regular season.

Neither the Lakers nor Clippers have had trade discussions with the Spurs, as both teams have concerns about the severity of Leonard's injury. When healthy, Leonard is easily the best two-way player in the National Basketball Association. Former Cavs general manager David Griffin recently spoke on SiriusXM radio about the possibility of a Leonard trade.


James and Leonard being on the same team does seem a possibility. 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. A report surfaced over the weekend that said Phoenix would explore the possibility of trading the pick if they were blown away by an offer.

"And wouldn't you know, there are the Lakers, semi-functional for the first time in years, with the assets to piece together an interesting trade package". Brandon Ingram could be the ideal replacement for Leonard in the wing, while Kyle Kuzma will be teaming up with LaMarcus Aldridge in the Spurs' frontcourt. A significant trade was made on draft night in 2017, with Jimmy Butler going to the Minnesota Timberwolves, and Leonard could be the big name on the move this year. "Kevin Love has a $24 million deal for 2018-19 and a $25 million player option for 2019-20", Pluto explained.

Kawhi Leonard had just dropped 32 points in Philadelphia, splashing jumper after jumper over Robert Covington in a game the Spurs won, 111-103.

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