Spurs Rumors: Teams that made offers for Kawhi Leonard
By Rob Wolkenbrod
With Kawhi Leonard involved in trade talks, who did the San Antonio Spurs receive an offer from?
The San Antonio Spurs have a decision to make on Kawhi Leonard, who reportedly wants out this summer. There will be no shortage of suitors, though, as the Spurs figure out the best offer to accept for their would-be face of the franchise.
According to an ESPN.com story on Leonard’s status, aside from the Los Angeles Lakers, multiple teams have made offers to the Spurs: The Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers. Pieces of each offer were not mentioned.
Each team owns intriguing assets, maybe some more so than the others, to send the Spurs in a potential trade package. Who does it start with?
The Celtics can lead a deal with Jaylen Brown and the 2019 first-round pick from the Sacramento Kings. Before Jayson Tatum‘s rise in the playoffs, he would have made sense in a package, but it’s difficult to think he moves. Other pieces for salary reasons are needed to join Brown or the future pick.
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The Cavaliers own a handful of expensive salaries that extend beyond the 2018-19 season. Kevin Love might be an attractive trade piece, but outside of a future pick the options are limited for the 2016 champions.
For the other Los Angeles team, the Clippers have Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson, their selections from the 2018 NBA Draft. Tobias Harris and Danilo Gallinari have salaries that hover around Leonard’s, but would San Antonio take either player?
The Sixers have Markelle Fultz, Dario Saric, Robert Covington, Zhaire Smith, future picks of their own and the recently-acquired, unprotected 2021 first-round pick from the Miami Heat to move. They arguably have the most appealing pieces, outside of what the Lakers can offer.
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Will one of these teams leapfrog the Lakers and acquire Leonard? If so, who would join an offer for the former NBA MVP candidate? With Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka feeling the pressure, it could make this an intriguing few days to close June.