Why Many Teams May Pass On Trying To Trade For Kawhi Leonard

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Multiple reports surfaced Friday saying Leonard no longer wants to play in San Antonio.

Even though the Spurs likely won't want to trade Leonard to the Lakers, Los Angeles would be able to come up with a good package to send back due to their strong young core.

League sources told Chris Haynes of ESPN that Leonard didn't like how the Spurs handled his quad injury, which forced him to miss all but nine games last season. It's also unclear if the Spurs would be willing to trade Leonard to the Lakers or to any team at all.

Leonard could receive a five-year, $219 million contract extension from the Spurs this summer. Something like Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Luol Deng, the 25th pick in this year's draft and a future first-round pick for Leonard and Patty Mills would work money-wise.

From now until the start of free agency, there's going to be plenty of rumors surrounding which potential big-name players could end up joining the Philadelphia 76ers for the 2018-19 season, including LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Boston Celtics reportedly offered a trade in February but it was turned down by San Antonio.

Teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks are definitely interested in his services, but only one other team has made an offer to the Spurs.

The Suns also hold the draft's 16th pick. Leonard does not have a no-trade clause, so he can't choose his destination.

Both the Express-News and ESPN cited league sources in reporting that Leonard is determined to play elsewhere. The deal might make more sense for the rebuilding Lakers than for the Spurs, however.

The Clippers are poised to begin their own rebuilding effort after missing the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons.

Needless to say, Leonard has added another very big layer of excitement to what was already a must-watch summer.

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