Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

How Suns Plan To Probe Kawhi Leonard Trade With Spurs

How Suns Plan To Probe Kawhi Leonard Trade With Spurs

Considering the odd season he had this past year in which he barely saw the court for the Spurs amid his injury controversy, it wouldn't be surprising to see him dealt.

Leonard has Los Angeles - preferably the Lakers - at the center of his preferences for a trade destination, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. This means that if the Spurs do in fact decide to trade him, he will have no say as to where he ends up. In order to do that though, he would have to utilize his available assets to move back up (or he would have to trade back from the first pick, as if there is any chance of that happening).

The Suns will apparently not consider trading the No. 1 overall pick for Kawhi Leonard, according to a report from The Arizona Republic. As a result, the Lakers can put together an attractive trade offer for Leonard. The package the Spurs would most likely take is Dario Saric, Robert Covington, Markelle Fultz, their 10th overall pick, and their 2019 1st round pick. This would help the Spurs by giving them some exciting prospects at the guard and forward spots, as well as a draft pick to help move along a rebuild. While it appeared Leonard had an opportunity to play his entire career for one franchise, a right quadriceps injury that forced him to miss all but nine games created tension and the relationship is deemed irreparable.

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Kawhi Leonard is rumored to want out and Gregg Popovich is believed to be counting his final years as the team's bench boss.

In short, although embittered Utah Jazz fans may love nothing more than to see the player that cast his former squad aside go on to be similarly cast aside himself by his new squad, it's far from a likely possibility.

It should also be remembered that McDonough recently stated that it would be very hard for him to part with the Suns' first round pick in 2019, as well as the Miami Heat's unprotected pick of 2021. Not only will the Celtics face stiff competition from other teams if they do try to pry Leonard away, but it's unlikely that Hayward would be the one included in such a transaction.

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