Spurs will not trade Kawhi Leonard to Western Conference team
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Jun 19, 2018,
Jun 19, 2018, 1:59
When the news came out pertaining to Leonard, most people predicted that three teams make sense for the multiple All-Star to go to.
Leonard doesn't have a no-trade clause, so the Spurs don't have to trade him anywhere they don't want to.
According to National Basketball Association reporter Chris Sheridan, there is a "0 percent chance" Gregg Popovich and the Spurs will entertain the idea of trading Leonard to the Los Angeles Lakers or any other Western Conference team. The 26-year-old's preference is to be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Kawhi Leonard-San Antonio Spurs saga has been well documented. This means that if the Spurs do in fact decide to trade him, he will have no say as to where he ends up.
This summer, it's expected a host of players across the league are likely to be on the move as teams explore avenues to close the gap on the now back-to-back champion Golden State Warriors.
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Leonard still has a year left on his contract before he has the option to opt out of his deal.
Swinging a deal for Leonard seems unlikely on the surface for Cleveland. Therefore, the Heat are not allowed to trade their 2019, 2020, or 2022 first-round pick because they already traded their 2018 and 2021 first-round selections to the Phoenix Suns in the trade that brought Dragic to Miami. However, reports have now surfaced that the Lakers and Clippers are losing interest due to Leonard's injury history.
Working out a deal for Leonard would be a tough ask for Cleveland.
Assuming Leonard is fully recovered from the leg injury that forced him to miss nearly all of last season, he might be the flawless teammate to play alongside LeBron James. 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.