Kawhi Leonard wants out of Spurs, looks for Lakers trade

The strange journey of Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs continues. More

The strange journey of Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs continues. More

According to a report from Cleveland.com late Sunday, the Cavaliers are among the teams placing calls to the Spurs regarding disgruntled superstar Kawhi Leonard. Right now, Leonard has one more year left on his current contract before he can opt out with a player option.

The Cavaliers' best asset is the Brooklyn Nets' pick at No. 8 while they also have Kevin Love on a $24 million deal for 18-19 and $25 million for 19-20.

Leonard has reportedly made it known he prefers to join the Los Angeles Lakers.

Leonard was supposed to meet with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich this week to resolve tension that arose during the All-Star's lengthy absence last season due to quadriceps tendinopathy, which limited him to just nine games.

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On Friday, ESPN's Chris Haynes reported that there is distrust between Leonard and the Spurs and that the relationship may be "irreparable".

Cleveland's location might be the best thing they have going for them in any potential trade talks. With the draft under a week away and one of the league's five best players on the market, the National Basketball Association hot stove is going to heat up.

He spent the final months of the year away from San Antonio and instead worked with a personal medical team in NY. IN sent Paul George to Oklahoma City, and the forward could be headed elsewhere in free agency after spending just one season with the Thunder.

With murmurs of a superteam being built in Los Angeles, with James hypothetically joining San Antonio wantaway Kawhi Leonard, and free agent Paul George; one, or both, of Ball and Brandon Ingram would need to be moved to make it work. With two Defensive Player of the Year awards, he would significantly improve what was one of the league's worst defenses in 2018. Maybe a rental of Leonard would be good enough? As bad as it sounds, seeing some of these teams already linked to Leonard, and considering what they would be willing to give up could put Philadelphia at a major disadvantage. But what exactly could Cleveland trade?

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