Spurs Rumors: Cavaliers called about Kawhi Leonard trade

Jo Caldwell
June 20, 2018

While there are some teams outside of Los Angeles that are interested in Leonard, it appears that the forward doesn't want to go anywhere except LA.

It's been rumored superstar National Basketball Association forward LeBron James may move his talents to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers for months, and the same is true of swingman Paul George, who hails from LA.

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

Despite Spurs being keen to keep hold of the 26-year-old and Leonard keen on a move to LA, it seems San Antonio will play hardball over any transfer.

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The reports states: "Neither the Lakers nor Clippers have had trade discussions with the Spurs, as both teams have concerns about the severity of Leonard's injury".

Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs dribbles the ball against the Memphis Grizzlies in game four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum on April 22, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Griffin thinks the Spurs won't trade their star until they sit down with him in person and find out that's definitely what he wants.

Clearly, Hill isn't good enough to be the centerpiece in any major trade, but he was Cleveland's best player behind LeBron James and Love for the second half of the season. The Lakers have Luol Deng under contract for two more seasons (at about $17.2 million for the just-completed season, and $18 million for next), but it is unlikely the Spurs would have any interest.

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"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".

The Celtics, for instance, could trade one of their multiple first round picks, as well as a young, rising player like Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, or Jayson Tatum, or even Kyrie Irving or Gordon Hayward. But they aren't going to let Leonard dictate his trade destination.

There is also the belief that the Lakers dealing for Leonard would also help bring in LeBron James and Paul George to create another 'Superteam'.

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