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Kawhi Leonard Wants Trade From Spurs; Lakers Top His List

17 June, 2018, 04:01 | Author: Carla Brady
  • San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard handles a ball before an NBA basketball game

The NBA offseason just got a lot crazier as not too long ago the reports spewed out that San Antonio Spurs' star player Kawhi Leonard has requested a trade.

Leonard, a two-time All-Star and two-time Defensive Player of the Year, only played nine games this season due to rehabbing his quadriceps injury at the National Basketball Players Association facility in Manhattan.

With Leonard sidelined for most of the 2017-18 season, the Spurs missed the playoffs for the first time since 1997.

Wojnarowski reported earlier this week that the Boston Celtics were one of the teams who tried to acquire Leonard at the deadline, but they were rebuked by the Spurs. Part of the meeting would include discussions over the $219 million supermax extension the Spurs could offer Leonard this summer.

Leonard helped the Spurs to an National Basketball Association championship in 2014, being named the Finals MVP in the process, while he is also a two-time All-Star as well as a two-time Defensive Player of the Year.

In fact, they've amended the offer for Lebron James.

The Lakers have a number of talented young players who could be attractive in a trade for Leonard, including Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Julius Randle.

The Suns also hold the draft's 16th pick.

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

Both the Express-News and ESPN cited league sources in reporting that Leonard is determined to play elsewhere.

"The Chicago Bulls definitely have a trade package to put together for Kawhi Leonard".

Leonard reportedly wants to play in either L.A. Is that enough? Probably not, but there's not really anything else between the two teams that makes sense.

Markkanen would probably have to be packaged with the No. 7 overall pick in the upcoming draft.

The Los Angles Clippers are another team that interests Leonard.

The Heat could also include a first-round draft pick, but they sort of have their hands tied when it comes to that.

There were signs of strain in the relationship this past season while Leonard was sidelined.




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