Teams are waiting on the San Antonio Spurs to trade Kawhi Leonard, especially as the season nears by the day.
10 days into the NBA’s New Year, the San Antonio Spurs have yet to trade Kawhi Leonard. It’s part of the never-ending saga that began in January, when the idea of poor communication between Leonard and the organization surfaced. That escalated as the season continued, spiraling into a reported trade desire in June.
No one knows when a deal will happen, but the day it does, it may create a domino effect on other teams’ pursuit of superstars, with effects that can linger into the 2019 offseason; Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson are among the eligible free agents.
According to a Western Conference executive that spoke to The Undefeated, everyone is indeed waiting on a Leonard trade. This person also said the Spurs should not want a trade to drag into the season.
“You gotta expect that he’s gone sooner than later,” that same West exec told The Undefeated. “You don’t want that dragging into the season. And for someone like Kawhi, you absolutely have to get something in return. It’s like the entire league is just waiting on the shoe to drop.”
The 2018-19 season does not have a start date, but if it’s the middle of October, as is usually the case, the Spurs have three months — maybe less if a deadline is placed on the start of training camp, around the end of September. It all depends on who matches San Antonio’s asking price or if they settle with a less-than-desired package from another team, especially to get a deal done before anyone takes the court.
The Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers and the Toronto Raptors have been reported as potential suitors for Leonard. The Lakers were once the preferred destination, but that may have changed in recent days. Will it be any of these teams that pull the trigger on a trade? Could a surprise franchise change the course of the offseason? Let’s see what transpires as this unusual offseason in the Alamo City continues.