Things that must happen for a Kawhi Leonard trade

Lynette Rowe
June 19, 2018

Leonard reportedly told San Antonio last week that he wants a trade and prefers to land in Los Angeles with the Lakers.

But If Leonard is willing to commit to Phoenix long-term, and will put a pen to paper to foster the trade, then that would changes things.

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.

"Kawhi began feeling like the Spurs are two-faced".

"They've thrown him under the bus by saying he's ready to go", the source said, adding: "In my opinion, they should have never publicly said he was ready to go".

"A week ago, Kawhi's camp, they were ready to meet with Gregg Popovich", Broussard said.

Attempting to acquire Leonard would come with a major risk.

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The 26-year-old only featured in nine games this season as he battled with a right quad injury.

We're unlikely to see a development on the Kawhi situation in the near future but it's definitely one of the most intriguing narratives of the offseason already. He also finished third in MVP voting just one season ago after averaging 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.0 made three-pointers per game while shooting 48.5 percent from the field and 38 percent from long range.

Cleveland does have the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, but that won't almost be enough to grab a player of Kawhi's talent level.

That's not a player you ship off unless he's extremely disgruntled and prepared to leave in free agency.

After going through a five-year rebuilding stretch, this summer was circled by many fans as the summer in which the Lakers would return to showtime.

It looks as if the Cavs have at least one plan in mind to try to keep LeBron James in town: Trade for Kawhi Leonard. Therefore, he can become an unrestricted free agent once the 2018-2019 National Basketball Association season concludes.

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