Sources finally confirmed what seemed inevitable: Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio.
When the news came out pertaining to Leonard, most people predicted that three teams make sense for the multiple All-Star to go to.
ESPN reports that while Leonard prefers to play for the Lakers, the the Boston Celtics, who reportedly approached the Spurs about a deal for Leonard before the trade deadline, are expected to be a major suitor as well.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been one of several team to call the San Antonio Spurs about the availability of Kawhi Leonard. Leonard can also hit free agency next summer if he opts out of his current deal.
Although it had been brewing for some time, Leonard's reported wish to be dealt away from the San Antonio Spurs has had almost all onlookers feverishly delving into ways in which their team can acquire the two-time Defensive Player of the Year.
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The report also noted that while players like Fil-Am Jordan Clarkson can become valuable pieces of the squad, they can be traded.
They are taking calls from teams looking to move up in the draft via trade, and are seeking proven National Basketball Association vets whose presence would both improve the roster and be enticing to James. As of now, the Cavaliers are still looking to draft who LeBron likes and still go after big name players like Kawhi Leonard among others. Despite having a one-on-one conversation with Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich, Leonard still wants his way out of San Antonio and reportedly sees Los Angeles as his preferred trade destination.
You don't need to tell the Cleveland Cavaliers how a single trade demand can shift the landscape of the National Basketball Association.
Leonard played just nine games last season. With two Defensive Player of the Year awards, he would significantly improve what was one of the league's worst defenses in 2018.