Which teams have inquired on Spurs star Kawhi Leonard in the midst of the ongoing saga?
The trade suitors for Kawhi Leonard have focused on the Boston Celtics, both Los Angeles teams, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors. Though there’s nothing on when a deal could happen, as about three months remain before the season starts.
Are these the only teams that checked in on Leonard, though? Apparently not, according to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne.
The Spurs never had a bidding war transpire between the Celtics, Lakers and Sixers, but teams outside of this group spoke on a Leonard trade:
- Denver Nuggets: The Nuggets have young assets, but giving them up for a one-year rental could limit the chances at an agreement.
- Los Angeles Clippers: After the 2018 NBA Draft, the Clippers no longer have the back-to-back first-round picks to offer San Antonio.
- Phoenix Suns: The report never said when these inquiries came through. Phoenix had three first-round picks in the 2018 NBA Draft, so it would make sense if at least one of them were included in a Leonard offer.
- Portland Trail Blazers: It was noted that no trade package included Damian Lillard or CJ McCollum.
- Toronto Raptors: The new leader in the clubhouse, Toronto has DeMar DeRozan’s rich multi-year deal to include, and the young assets, to try to make a splash in a LeBron James-less Eastern Conference.
- Washington Wizards: Outside of John Wall and Bradley Beal, there’s Otto Porter and his expensive contract.
With teams not budging on a player that dealt with a season-long injury and is in a rental situation for 2018-19, it sounds as if the trade market is complicated for the Silver and Black. Will they find a worthy suitor, in their minds, for Leonard? Or risk dragging this close to training camp?