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Los Angeles Clippers: Kawhi Leonard request to be traded from San Antonio

17 June, 2018, 08:58 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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With recent reports that Kawhi Leonard would like to be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, here are three benefits of pursuing him.

Leonard has been training in San Diego the past month, with a source telling ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that he's making "great progress" in his return from the quad injury that forced him to miss all but nine games last season.

According to Yahoo Basketball insider Shams Charania and ESPN Basketball insider Adrian Woj, Kawhi Leonard is looking to move on to another chapter in his life by asking for a trade from the Spurs.

The former Defensive Player of the Year and Finals MVP can potentially miss out on $31 million by signing an extension with a different team other than the Spurs.

The Kawhi Leonard saga has reached the next level. Therefore if the Suns want to trade up to one of those spots, chances are they will have to give up a whole heckuva lot, maybe not making such a deal worth it - especially when taking into consideration that for the Kings, they would be moving back 14 spots and the Grizzlies 12, meaning that for them, the talent differential from their current selection spot would be very big.

The 26-year-old continued his rehabilitation from the injury away from the team during the latter half of the season after a disagreement with Spurs' medical staff on how best to treat the complaint.

The Cavs have the No. 8 pick in this year's draft, as well as the contracts of Kevin Love ($22.6 million this season, $24.1 million next) and former Spur George Hill ($20 million; $19 million). In the 2016-17 season, Leonard averaged 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game. However, Leonard doesn't want to go to NY. Those who predicted Leonard would leave San Antonio have mentioned the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics as frontrunners likely to acquire Leonard. Boston inquired about a trade prior to the February deadline, sources said.

"If the Spurs are considering Spellman, the move does make sense".

It's unclear if Leonard would be interested in re-signing with the Suns when his contract is up. The Lakers could give the Spurs Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and a future first-round pick for Kawhi.

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