Spurs Ready to "Move On" From Kawhi Leonard

Tanya Simon
June 30, 2018

ESPN reports that San Antonio is "most intrigued" with Boston's assets.

LeBron James, another Sixers free-agent target, is expected to opt out of the final year of his Cleveland Cavaliers deal by 11:59 p.m. Friday.

On the flip side, the Celtics are rumored to be dipping their toe into the water on trade talks for Leonard.

If the answer to that question is an actual 100% chance Leonard leaves following the 2018-19. Trading for LeBron sort of takes the Lakers out of the Leonard sweepstakes financially.

Those assets included Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, two future first-round picks, and possibly even Julius Randle in a sign-and-trade.

"They honestly check the boxes where I needed those boxes to be checked from what a player wants and needs out of a front office, out of a medical group, out of teammates, out of a coaching staff", George said on April 28.

For all the news that has come out about Kawhi demanding to leave the Spurs, super max money plus LeBron James is something that no other team would be able to offer.

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ESPN reported that there is a belief that James is hesitant to be the first star to join the Lakers, thus landing Leonard could be an important first step for Los Angeles.

When Kawhi requested a trade earlier this month, the initial reports indicated that the relationship had become irreparable, although the Spurs are still clinging to some shred of hope that they can mend fences and convince Kawhi to remain in San Antonio.

National Basketball Association free agency - it's just getting started this offseason.

Despite only playing nine games for the San Antonio Spurs this past season season, general manager R.C. Buford is sure to want a lot in return for his star player. Throw another first-rounder in there. George will become an unrestricted free agent on Sunday.

Kawhi is possibly the ticket to bringing in LeBron.

Because the Lakers are favored to sign James, the Cavs are sixth among all teams with 18/1 title odds.

The market is very dry this summer, as few teams have significant cap space. That's what we want as Lakers fans, and we may have to risk the young guys to attain it.

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