Cavaliers have made calls to Spurs about Kawhi Leonard
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Jun 19, 2018,
Jun 19, 2018, 1:59
Then there is the recent Kawhi Leonard disaster.
Trade rumors have been running rampant ever since it was revealed Leonard didn't want to play in San Antonio anymore, with a host of teams in contention for the two-time All-Star's services. Another interesting report was that if Gregg Popovich has to trade Kawhi, it's not going to be to a Los Angeles team or any other Western Conference team at that.
The San Antonio brewing company originally offered it to Leonard if he came back and played in San Antonio for the next season and beyond.
The reporting from Chris Mannix suggests it is "the circus that Ball brings with him" has led the Spurs to not have interest in Ball.
Scott Bordow of AZCentral.com, however, refuted the notion that Phoenix would be willing to deal the first No. 1 overall pick in franchise history for Leonard. James opts into the final year of his contract in Cleveland to play with Leonard for a year. Leonard eventually sought a second opinion and began working with his advisors and doctors, outside of the Spurs' counsel. The calls placed about Leonard (and the convenient leaking of that information) could be an effort from the Cleveland front office to show James how serious the team still is about putting the right players around him. The Boston Celtics, for example, have budding All-Stars already on the roster, as well as potential future lottery picks. With the draft under a week away and one of the league's five best players on the market, the National Basketball Association hot stove is going to heat up.
It was only a year ago that the Cavs could line themselves to acquire then-Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, but talks reportedly broke down before the deal could materialize.
Assuming Leonard is fully recovered from the leg injury that forced him to miss nearly all of last season, he might be the ideal teammate to play alongside LeBron James.
Given the situation however, would the Clippers pull the trigger on a trade if they were unsure Kawhi would resign with them once his contract is up next year? That's a very different team: Kyrie Irving, Paul George and LeBron James. With two Defensive Player of the Year awards, he would significantly improve what was one of the league's worst defenses in 2018.