Spurs Now Reportedly Ready to Trade Kawhi Leonard

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Leonard has reportedly expressed his interest to join the Los Angeles Lakers, be it by trade this offseason or via free agency a year from now.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Thursday that Boston is one of the teams that have engaged in trade talks with the Spurs. But if Leonard is set on going to Los Angeles next year, Ainge probably won't want to part with much, and would likely be unwilling to give up Jaylen Brown, who was one of Boston's most reliable players in just his second National Basketball Association season.

While reports have been circulating about Kawhi Leonard not wanting to step back into a Spurs locker room again, the organization still wished him a happy birthday.

"San Antonio has informed teams its preferred target in any Leonard trade is the Celtics' Jayson Tatum, sources say". It has always been expected that Brown would have to be the centerpiece of any Boston package for Leonard, along with next year's Sacramento pick. While it is believed Philly's efforts to trade up were in targeting Luka Doncic, the Sixers made it clear to teams they were not willing to part with players they rated highly and signed to reasonable contracts.

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The Lakers want a deal done ASAP because adding Kawhi could be what ultimately makes LeBron James decide to leave Cleveland (I don't think it's 100% guaranteed at this point).

James has until late Friday night to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Brooklyn Nets do have several young assets and their own first-round draft pick for the first time since 2013 that San Antonio would take for Leonard.

We are all waiting for the big pieces in this summer's free agent period to choose their destinations.

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If the answer to that question is an actual 100% chance Leonard leaves following the 2018-19.

The future looks very bright for Brooklyn.

Now, the Nets should pursue Leonard in 2019. Leonard is technically still a member of the roster, so it somewhat makes sense, but the situation remains awkward.

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