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Kings, Celtics Potential Landing Spots For Kawhi Leonard

17 June, 2018, 08:55 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard handles a ball before an NBA basketball game

In theory, the Spurs could trade Leonard, who will be 27 in two weeks, to the Lakers, one of two or three teams he'd like to be traded to, according to reports. The Thunder lost Kevin Durant, the second best player in the National Basketball Association and one of the greatest scores the league has ever seen, for literally nothing.

This means that if the Spurs do in fact decide to trade him, he will have no say as to where he ends up. They offered a deal to the Spurs, but they declined the trade and never sent a counter offer.

The Spurs are the only team that can offer Leonard the five-year, $219-million deal. They still have Leonard and they won't settle for chump change in a potential trade.

According to the report, Leonard's relationship with the Spurs has dissolved following months of speculation over a right quadriceps injury that forced him to miss all but nine games during the 2017-18 season.

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving left and his teammates pause for a moment of silence for victims of the Las Vegas concert shooting prior to the team's NBA preseason basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Boston. (AP
NBA trade rumors: Spurs' Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio

Clippers' Chris Paul drives the lane against Spurs' Kawhi Leonard during the second half of the game during the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday. The Boston Celtics would be interested in Leonard if he becomes available in trade talks, league sources told Wojnarowski. While many would not like the Lakers giving up their talented young players for Kawhi Leonard, there are certainly some benefits that would come from it.

While the Los Angeles Lakers reportedly are Leonard's preferred destination, you might be able to add another team to the sweepstakes.

The NBA off-season is heating up and the draft is only a week away. If the reports are indeed true, the request makes for perhaps the biggest drama the Spurs franchise has seen in more than two decades.

The question with that is how much these other teams are willing to give up for Leonard, who can opt-out of his contract next summer. But San Antonio's attempt to patch things up was evidently futile.


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