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Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Cavs in mix for Spurs' Leonard

Cavs in mix for Spurs' Leonard

Should the Philadelphia 76ers make a trade for San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard?

ESPN's Chris Haynes reports that Leonard felt betrayed with how the Spurs management took care of his quad injury.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are Leonard's preferred destinations.

Leonard, a two-time All-Star and two-time Defensive Player of the Year who was the 2013-14 NBA Finals MVP, played just nine games with the Spurs this past season after acrimony with the franchise about the condition of his lingering quadriceps injury. In his trade explanation, Marks said that the Sixers could offer Leonard a four-year, $107 million extension before hitting free agency in 2019.

Harris and one of their first-round picks on Thursday night would be a starting point for the Clippers in any trade talks involving Leonard. The only package that sounds interesting to the Spurs would have to be built around Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and draft considerations, with Luol Deng tossed in to make the money work.

Like other teams that have expressed interest, the Cavaliers face a tough task of assembling a trade package to acquire Leonard.

In the case of the Atlanta Hawks, swapping Kent Bazemore and the number 3 overall pick for Kawhi Leonard gives the Hawks a piece to trade at the deadline and the Spurs an even better draft pick. Here a few possible landing spots that the Spurs may look to move Leonard to. It was a disaster and while I'm not comparing Leonard to Bynum in no ways because one is a supremely better player. Parker, however, still managed to suit up for game action, while Leonard did not. While this is certainly shocking news, it seemed like the tension behind the scenes between Leonard and the Spurs was building towards this moment despite the fact that Leonard would have been capable for a massive contract extension that only San Antonio could pay him.

The Kawhi Leonard saga has reached the next level. Among the teams that could make a move, Boston has enough valuable assets to land him, but should they? They still need another superstar in order to compete with the Boston Celtics in the eastern conference. The two biggest factors are two things that aren't going away any time soon: 1) Gregg Popovich is still the head coach.

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