Suns Expected to Probe a Kawhi Leonard Trade Using No. 1 Pick


Yahoo! Sports' Shams Charania reports that the two-time Defensive Player of the Year wants to leave the San Antonio Spurs.

The Riverside, California native would like a trade to Los Angeles, and preferably the Lakers, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Fans and experts alike have been guessing whether Leonard, who played only nine games this past season due to an injury during the 2017 playoffs, will stay with the Spurs. It's also unclear if the Spurs would be willing to trade Leonard to the Lakers or to any team at all.

Leonard looked set to pen a five-year $219 million supermax extension to his Spurs contract this summer, with just one year remaining on his current deal. They have a number of promising young players such as Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier in addition to multiple first-round draft picks that they have acquired over the years. Boston inquired about a trade before the February deadline, sources said.

With fellow superstar LeBron James also expected to be on the move when he hits free agency this summer, Stein weighed up the likelihood of the pair ending up on the same team next season.

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Kawhi Leonard might be leaving San Antonio, sources tell ESPN.

Here are three benefits for the Lakers if they pursue Kawhi Leonard in a trade this offseason. Boston Celtics and New York Knicks, get on the phone with the Spurs and make it happen!

Additionally, it's possible Leonard and the Spurs could settle their differences before the National Basketball Association draft Thursday and he could sign an extension in the coming weeks. Though, with Friday's news that Leonard wants out, it brought up the "Did they ever meet?" question, and, if so, how did it result? Leonard does not have a no-trade clause, so he can't choose his destination. Or they could pursue worldwide star Luka Doncic and make him the face of their franchise if they do inherit the top pick in the upcoming draft. After the team reaches the salary cap they can still sign Randle to his max contract of over $25 million. Acquiring Leonard would play a big part in that regard.