There were disputing reports on San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard and the Phoenix Suns’ interest in a trade.
With the news that Kawhi Leonard reportedly wants a trade from the San Antonio Spurs, it opened up the floodgates for potential suitors to inquire on him, if that has not happened already. The Los Angeles Lakers might be at the top of the list, but they won’t be the only team in on Leonard.
On Saturday afternoon The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor reported that it’s anticipated the Phoenix Suns will inquire on Leonard with the No. 1 overall pick. However, Scott Bordow of AZCentral.com added that there’s “no truth” to the rumors and the Suns have no intention of trading the pick expected to become Arizona’s Deandre Ayton.
It puts to bed any connection of the Suns and Leonard, for now, especially as the latter only has one year left on his contract, is no guarantee to re-sign, and general manager Ryan McDonough would have to give up long term assets, including that No. 1 pick and other players on the roster. That’s not an ideal situation for almost any team besides the Lakers, the apparent frontrunner for Leonard.
The No. 1 pick would have given San Antonio a plethora of options, with Ayton and Luka Doncic at the forefront. There’s also the ability to trade down and acquire more assets. It’s not a position this organization usually finds them in, and it would have been unique, for sure.
Will the Spurs even trade Leonard, though? They can wait until after the draft, after free agency cools down, after the preseason, and into the 2018-19 season. The longer the wait, the larger the chance this player leaves in the 2019 offseason for nothing. That’s a risk the Spurs might not be able to take, and a situation other teams dealt with in recent years.