Clippers Willing To Offer This Trade For Kawhi Leonard

Paola Ditto
Giugno 19, 2018

The former Defensive Player of the Year and Finals MVP can potentially miss out on $31 million by signing an extension with a different team other than the Spurs.

Sources finally confirmed what seemed inevitable: Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio.

Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks for a pass while under pressure from LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena on January 30, 2016 in Cleveland. However, during all of that mess, reports surfaced that the Spurs were planning on giving Leonard the super max deal to help ease the tension.

Of course, the Spurs are not at all required to grant Leonard a trade to a team of his choosing, and the Lakers aren't the only squad inquiring about a potential deal. If they don't get a long-term assurance from him and he decides to leave next summer (when he can hit unrestricted free agency by opting out of his contract), they would've given up the No. 1 overall pick and other attractive assets for a one-year rental of Leonard. We can all guess but nobody can be certain just what the San Antonio front office and coaching staff are thinking.

A widely held opinion from National Basketball Association observers is James is ready to leave Cleveland in free agency for a second time.

If the Cavaliers proved anything at last season's trade deadline, it's that they're not afraid to make serious moves. Leonard's become a terrific three-point shooter in recent seasons, and he'd have plenty of open looks by sharing the court with James.

It could be risky for the Suns to make a deal for Leonard. Especially when you take into account that the Clippers got Harris, Avery Bradley and that No. 12 pick for star forward Blake Griffin during the season. It will be up to the Lakers to do some serious digging to see how much of it was serious and how much of it was convenience allowing for a trade right now. And that likely will come from either the Lakers or Boston Celtics. If Leonard was perfectly healthy and had no concerns surrounding him, the asking price for him could be young talent plus several first-round picks.

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