Lakers, Clippers, Cavs Among Best Betting Odds for Kawhi Leonard's Next Team

by Steven Clarke June 16, 2018, 0:28
Lakers, Clippers, Cavs Among Best Betting Odds for Kawhi Leonard's Next Team

The 26-year old star has one guaranteed year left on his contract with the San Antonio Spurs, meaning a trade is necessary if he plans to play elsewhere in the 2018-19 season.

Kawhi Leonard is seeking a trade from the San Antonio Spurs. However, there was a question as to whether he should have eventually returned to the lineup.

Wojnarowski reported earlier this week that the Boston Celtics were one of the teams who tried to acquire Leonard at the deadline, but they were rebuked by the Spurs.

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving left and his teammates pause for a moment of silence for victims of the Las Vegas concert shooting prior to the team's NBA preseason basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Boston. (AP
Kawhi Leonard reportedly no longer wants to play for the Spurs, and the league's strangest fallout has reached the next level

The person said Leonard has decided that he is "unhappy with the situation" in San Antonio. The Spurs may elect to keep Leonard around in an attempt to fix the relationship, but they would run the risk of allowing him to walk away in free agency next summer with no return. The Spurs were also ready to offer him a supermax contract despite the tensions.

The latest reports offer strong support of that indication, as Leonard and San Antonio appear to have burned a bridge that can't be repaired. However, the acquisition of a top-end player the likes of Leonard? It's what the Indiana Pacers did with Paul George a year ago so they could avoid losing him for nothing in free agency. ESPN reported the Lakers are at the center of his preferences. The two-time All-Star has averaged 16.3 points and 6.2 rebounds during his seven seasons with the team. The reports revealed few details, and the comments by the Spurs suggested that there was a rift between the franchise player and the organization. Maybe a trade involving Kyrie Irving, who's also set to be a free agent in 2019, would make sense.

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