Benefits of pursuing Kawhi Leonard

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It's clear that Kawhi and his camp wanted to make sure they got their point across. While the Lakers and the legacy they carry on would be ideal for a celebrated superstar like LeBron, the Clippers also reside in the hotly desired destination of Los Angeles.

Thus, everyone has been dreaming up their own Kawhi Leonard trade scenario with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Leonard appeared in just nine games for the Spurs last season while dealing with a thigh injury and reportedly had a tense relationship with the team. This source said Gregg Popovich has historically been extra cautious with injuries, sometimes making players beg him to play to show they're truly ready to get back on the court.

Leonard is due just over $20 million next season, and can become a free agent in the summer of 2019.

Leonard remains under contract, so the Spurs may work to hash out their differences and sign him long-term, but with no immediate resolution, there's no limit to the amount of rumors and reports we will see until then.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been one of several team to call the San Antonio Spurs about the availability of Kawhi Leonard.

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Chris Haynes of ESPN.com previously reported Leonard "wants out of San Antonio".

Unlike the Sixers, the Cavs will have no qualms about moving Love and if the 8th pick brings in Leonard, which should help them re-sign LeBron James, they'll move without hesitation.

The reports states: "Neither the Lakers nor Clippers have had trade discussions with the Spurs, as both teams have concerns about the severity of Leonard's injury".

The 26-year-old former All-Star has averaged 16.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game over his seven-year career. There hasn't been any news concerning the Knicks putting together a trade offer but there has been a buzz about the Lakers getting into the action.

Pelton notes that any trade for Leonard would focus around either Lonzo Ball or Brandon Ingram, but since Ball is owed more money the Lakers would like to include him to free up more cap space. Will they be able to trade for Leonard and will that be enough to keep James from leaving?

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