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Spurs Rumors: Lakers may have ‘Godfather’ offer for Kawhi Leonard

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SAN ANTONIO, TX - JANUARY 13: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs is introduced before the game against the Denver Nuggets on January 13, 2018 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - JANUARY 13: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs is introduced before the game against the Denver Nuggets on January 13, 2018 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The San Antonio Spurs may have a “Godfather” offer from the Los Angeles Lakers, according to a report.

The San Antonio Spurs might be Kawhi Leonard-less for the 2018-19 season, as the Los Angeles Lakers’ desperation for a trade increases. With a potential LeBron James acquisition as a result of a Leonard trade, it puts pressure on Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka to get something done.

Well, the Lakers might have increased their attempt at a Leonard trade. USA Today’s Sam Amick reported that a “Godfather” offer may be out there, from Los Angeles, for the former NBA MVP candidate. The exact package is unknown, but teams fear they can’t match it.

Rumblings of a Godfather Lakers offer for San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard have rival teams wondering if anyone else can compete here. The latest summer of LeBron has officially begun…

— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 28, 2018

What’s this “Godfather” offer from the Lakers? They have Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart at their disposal. Julius Randle remains an option, as well, but would require a sign-and-trade since he’s eligible to hit restricted free agency. First round picks are also viable.

If the Spurs can get some combination of Hart, Ingram and Kuzma, along with one or two first-round picks, it’s a coup for the Silver and Black, who would trade away a one-year salary and a player with injury uncertainty. No one knows how he will react from a season-long quadriceps ailment, so it remains to be seen what kind of player the Spurs or anyone else will receive.

If Ingram or Kuzma headline a trade, either one can replace the production Leonard left behind. The same with Rudy Gay, who will become an unrestricted free agent. Hart adds guard depth at an increasingly younger position for the Spurs. First round picks provide the franchise with more assets, whether it’s to use for their roster or to make a trade.

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The Spurs have an interesting offseason ahead, with the chance for a roster overhaul from one trade. Let’s see what they get for Leonard if a trade happens soon.

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