Pluto hints at this in his report, but there doesn't exist a feasible deal San Antonio would even consider to trade Leonard to the Cavs, even if they're incentivized to trade him to the Eastern Conference.
Per the report, Kawhi wants to end up in his native Los Angeles - preferably with the Lakers.
The 26-year-old only played nine games last season while dealing with a quadriceps injury.
AZCentral.com reported there was no truth to the rumor and the Suns would not trade the pick, but could be part of three-team deal that would get Leonard to the Lakers and have the Spurs avoid taking on Luol Deng's contract. He's one of basketball's premier two-way players and while durability has been a question mark, there's little doubt about the impact he makes when healthy.
Pelton notes that any trade for Leonard would focus around either Lonzo Ball or Brandon Ingram, but since Ball is owed more money the Lakers would like to include him to free up more cap space.More news: Phil Mickelson under fire after deliberately stopping ball at US Open
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Brooklyn is unlikely to be in the sweepstakes for Kawhi Leonard, despite his affinity for NY and GM Sean Marks' good relationship with Leonard's uncle/advisor from his time in San Antonio. Sending Kawhi off to work under James Dolan would also fulfill any potential desire for revenge that might rest in R.C. Buford's heart.
It has been over a full year since Kawhi Leonard went down in the second-half of Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors. However, the Knicks have a history of nearly entertainingly short-sighted trades.
Leonard is eligible for a five-year, $215 million contract extension from the Spurs this offseason.
Kawhi Leonard will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2019-2020 season. They might not have the glamor of Los Angeles or the enticing treasure trove of assets like the Celtics. Yet, that was to come on the heels of a meeting between Leonard and head coach Gregg Popovich.