The Cavs get Leonard in a trade and convince James to stay for at least one more year. Leonard has reportedly requested a trade from the Spurs and his preferred destination is to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Days ago, it seemed like San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich would be able to act as the ultimate fixer, easing tensions between the organization and one of the league's best players. The source suggested that the Spurs' decision to make public that Leonard was cleared to play essentially "hung him out to dry".
Any offer Cleveland might make would have to start with the No.8 overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft.
Leonard, a native of Los Angeles, has one year remaining of his contract with the Spurs. The Spurs' star fell into the latter, so he hadn't even been in the plans until his falling out with San Antonio. 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.
But the truth is, the Cavaliers don't really have much to offer to the Spurs that would entice them into doing a deal. Furthermore, it's likely that LeBron James is leaving Cleveland as a free agent this Summer and there's no way Leonard would re-sign after the 2018-19 season without the 4x NBA MVP by his side.More news: Japan rocked by magnitude 6.1 earthquake; 3 dead
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Bordow, however, was adamant that Phoenix would not agree to such a deal, especially given that Leonard could leave the Suns as early as next summer.
The 26-year-old played only nine games this year as he was sidelined for the majority of the season with a quad injury.
Keeping up with Boston after they were on the verge of going to the NBA Finals this past season already gave Philadelphia a challenge from a competitive standpoint, and if the team ends up getting in on the Leonard sweepstakes, the challenge will hit a whole new level. But for that to happen, the Lakers would have to trade someone of value.
Trading Luis Scola to the Rockets and Boris Diaw to the Utah Jazz, neither of these trades contained players anywhere near the talent of Kawhi Leonard.