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Kawhi Leonard Rumors: NBA Executive Expects Spurs To Trade Disgruntled Star

11 July 2018

Kawhi Leonard could leave the San Antonio Spurs - but where is he most likely to go? Leonard has made it known that he is hellbent on signing in Los Angeles next season, but Paul George said that last summer before he was traded to the Thunder, too. It's part of the never-ending saga that began in January, when the idea of poor communication between Leonard and the organization surfaced.

To further complicate things, it's been reported that the Spurs brass doesn't want to trade the 27-year-old former Finals MVP to another team in the West.

"The Sixers' most realistic package to submit to San Antonio could involve Dario Saric, Robert Covington and the Miami Heat's 2021 unprotected first-round pick", The Inquirer's Keith Pompey writes.

Before news emerged that they were no longer his preference, the Lakers were in discussions over Leonard, however, the Spurs were demanding Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart, as well as two first-round draft picks and the swapping of two more draft picks in return.

He is still under contract for the upcoming season so the Spurs don't necessarily have to trade him if they don't want to, unless the price is right.

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While the front office that selected Valanciunas has largely been replaced, there are still several notable decision-makers from that time who are with the team (and may have been enamored with Leonard back then).

Despite being arguably the best two-way player in basketball, there's great risk that comes with making a deal for Leonard.

And Carter has revealed that, despite beliefs, Popovich wants to make Leonard happy - hinting that he would trade him to a rival in the Western Conference rather than a team in the East.

If I'm betting on where Leonard lands in 2018-19, I would rank the Sixers, Lakers and staying with the Spurs as the top scenarios.

Kawhi Leonard Rumors: NBA Executive Expects Spurs To Trade Disgruntled Star