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San Antonio Spurs: Patrick Beverley gushes over a Kawhi Leonard trade

By Rob Wolkenbrod
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 5: Patrick Beverley #21 of the Los Angeles Clippers celebrates a turnover by the Miami Heat during the second half of the basketball game at Staples Center November 5 2017, in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 5: Patrick Beverley #21 of the Los Angeles Clippers celebrates a turnover by the Miami Heat during the second half of the basketball game at Staples Center November 5 2017, in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Amidst speculation on a trade between the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers for Kawhi Leonard, one player would not mind it to happen.

Recent speculation surrounded the Los Angeles Clippers’ interest in San Antonio Spurs superstar Kawhi Leonard. They reportedly plan to make an offer in the offseason for the now-controversial star who missed all but nine games with a right quadriceps injury. However, it is unknown if the Spurs will even entertain interest from the other 29 teams.

No one publicly called Leonard out, from the players to members of the organization, but confirmation on his status and future remain absent, too. How long will the silence continue?

Well, someone spoke out on Friday, except it was a Clippers player — Patrick Beverley — who would not mind Leonard on the team, as he told TMZ. He never said anything about hoping the organization trades for the former MVP candidate, and said the current Los Angeles group is fine, but gushed at the possibility of adding one of the NBA’s best defensive players:

“We’d hit the lottery with that, but those decisions aren’t up to me!”

Yes, Beverley would not mind Leonard on the Clippers. Then again, would any player deny the opportunity to team with someone that impacts the game at both ends? So, it is hard to fault anything the veteran guard said above, who was enthusiastic but kept his comments tempered.

The Spurs will potentially play their final game of 2017-18 on Sunday, pending they lose to the Golden State Warriors, and see the Leonard drama escalate. Teams can make trades later this spring, so expect the 26-year old’s name mentioned, including at the 2018 NBA Draft; it is one of the prime times for deals to happen, as organizations can acquire draft picks and use them that night.

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It will be an interesting offseason in San Antonio this summer, one with unexpected questions about the team’s future and what happens with Leonard next. How could this develop once the postseason ends?

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