If the San Antonio Spurs trade Kawhi Leonard this offseason, they will need a top-notch offer to agree to, much to the surprise of no one.
The highly publicized Kawhi Leonard saga with the San Antonio Spurs will stretch into the 2018 offseason. On the surface, there has been no reconciliation, so it’s sure to be a story at June’s NBA Draft and into July’s free-agent period.
Will the Spurs trade Leonard, though? With just one year left on his contract (he owns a 2019-20 player option, and it would be a surprise to see it exercised), could the organization look to get a return before he hits free agency?
If this happens, The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor reported that San Antonio will need a “grand-slam offer.” Hardly a surprise given Leonard’s elite performance in the 2016-17 season and status as the face of the franchise, even with missing all but nine games due to injury.
The question will be, what does a team offer for Leonard? The Philadelphia 76ers were the most recent team rumored to have interest, with the Los Angeles Clippers in the mix, as well. Most speculation has surrounded the Los Angeles Lakers, though.
This is all if the Spurs even entertain Leonard offers this summer. They do not need to trade him, even with the risk of losing him for nothing in July 2019. Heart-to-Heart Talk: The Sequel can still take place and mend fences between the player and organization, so it’s hardly a guarantee anything develops that sends the San Diego State product elsewhere.
However, this won’t be the final Leonard rumor anyone hears, especially as the draft nears. Could the Spurs shake their foundation’s core and actually send him away? Whether or not they do, it will be a fascinating storyline to follow.