A year ago, the notion of a Kawhi Leonard trade seemed laughable.
Why would the Spurs ever trade a budding superstar? And why would a star want to leave a championship factory like the one in San Antonio?
Kawhi Leonard wants out from the San Antonio Spurs, league sources tell Yahoo.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 15, 2018
Leonard doesn’t have a no-trade clause. But he will have some say in where the Spurs trade him. Because he’ll be a free agent in 2019, Leonard can relay to teams whether he’d be willing to re-sign or sign an extension with them. Those teams, or that team, would then be more inclined to outbid others for his services. The Celtics, for instance, arguably have the most trade assets, but they likely wouldn’t go all in without a guarantee from the player that he’d be there beyond the upcoming season.
One team might already have that promise from Kawhi.
San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard has Los Angeles — preferably the Lakers — at the center of his preferences for a trade destination, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 15, 2018
Which should terrify the rest of the league, because if the Lakers can manage to include Luol Deng’s horrid contract in a trade that’d probably have to feature draft picks and two of if not all three of Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, and Brandon Ingram, they could still have enough cap space to sign LeBron James and Paul George this offseason.
That might explain Magic Johnson’s actions at a Lakers workout today.
We are at a Lakers workout right now, by the way. Magic Johnson just ran off the court MAYBE HE WENT TO GET KAWHI
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) June 15, 2018