Spurs Ready to "Move On" From Kawhi Leonard

Mae Harvey
July 1, 2018

Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

LeBron James continues to dominate sports headlines with many speculating that he is set to sign a contract this summer with only one of two teams-the Cleveland Cavaliers or Los Angeles Lakers. But according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst, the Lakers and Spurs re-engaged in trade talks Wednesday, and the outcome will have massive implications. The former team is San Antonio's oldest and most hated rival in the league, and the latter team has no assets that appeal to the Spurs. The Celtics even have a a horde of future draft picks they could move.

Don't expect the Spurs to panic trade Leonard like the Cavaliers did with Kyrie Irving. Oklahoma City's Paul George, another major free agent-get, has already declared himself to be on the open market.

The Boston Celtics have made an offer for Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, according to ESPN. Whether or not they bet the farm and go in too deep, with nothing to surround Leonard and perhaps LeBron with, is a whole other can of beans. ESPN's Zach Lowe said Thursday on "The Jump" that "not enough people are considering" that James may, indeed, "come alone" to the Lakers.

While it was believed the Lakers and other teams interested in Leonard wished to complete a trade before the start of free agency on July 1, that never manifested. That would be a blow to the Lakers, who reportedly had been anticipating that George, also a Southern California native, would join them this offseason. With that being said, there is a very high chance that most, if not all, of the free agents this summer will walk away from the Lakers.

Highlighted by Julius Randle, the Lakers now have eight free agents. The 2014 NBA Finals MVP has demanded to be traded. Leonard, of course, played just nine games for the Spurs last season due to a mysterious quad injury.

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