Cavaliers trying to sneak into the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes

Cavaliers trying to sneak into the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes

Cavaliers trying to sneak into the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes

Leonard's preference is reportedly a move to the Los Angeles Lakers but the Spurs are likely to seek the best possible deal for themselves.

Before his injury, Leonard was one of the top 5 players in the National Basketball Association. If OKC could redo that, I guarantee they would trade KD and at least get something in return. It will be up to the Lakers to do some serious digging to see how much of it was serious and how much of it was convenience allowing for a trade right now. If that talent ends up being someone like Leonard?

Kawhi Leonard will nearly certainly try to pick his next team if he is successful in forcing his way out of San Antonio, but that does not mean the Spurs have any interest in granting him his wish. The Cavaliers have struggled to build a team around James that can take on the Warriors, having been dominated in the NBA Finals for two straight years.

That opens the door for a handful of teams in the Eastern Conference gunning for a star on the trade market, including the Cavs.

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Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks for a pass while under pressure from LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena on January 30, 2016 in Cleveland.

These few years with Kuzma would be crucial for Popovich, as his coaching future is uncertain through 2020. The Spurs' star fell into the latter, so he hadn't even been in the plans until his falling out with San Antonio. They don't exactly have any other desirable assets that could make San Antonio eager to trade their top player. The answer is yes, but their bench would suffer. The Oklahoma City media reports that Thunder management is optimistic he will re-sign there.

The Lakers have many Free Agents on their books this offseason, totaling $92.3 Million in cap holds this offseason. "So far, they say that he's not ready to go, so we can't do anything until that happens...and then we would have to decide what's going on from there". Leonard can become a free agent in 2019, meaning the Spurs are on the clock to get something for him before he has the chance to walk away.

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