Rumor: Spurs won’t trade Kawhi Leonard to Western Conference team

Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard

Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard

Although nothing is certain yet, the news of Kawhi Leonard reportedly wishing to leave San Antonio Spurs, as one can imagine, wasn't taken very well by the Spurs fans. Last week, it was reported that Leonard "has grown uncomfortable with the Spurs organization" and that he is eyeing a trade to Los Angeles, preferably to the Lakers.

It's been rumored superstar National Basketball Association forward LeBron James may move his talents to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers for months, and the same is true of swingman Paul George, who hails from LA. And as exciting as this trade may be, these three things must happen for the Lakers to seriously consider trading for Kawhi Leonard.

Doing so, however, would require the Lakers to free up cap space and trade an up-and-coming prospect such as Brandon Ingram in order to entice the Spurs into an immediate deal. Some combination of guard Patrick Beverley, forward Danilo Gallinari and forward Sam Dekker would have to be on the table too, or including both 2018 first-round picks could get San Antonio's attention.

The Spurs shouldn't worry where Leonard lands.

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Would Kawhi Leonard be a good fit on the Nuggets?

He spent the final months of the year away from San Antonio and instead worked with a personal medical team in NY. With the Celtics considered by many to be the team most capable of putting together a compelling package for Leonard, James could be all but forced to take his talents elsewhere should Cleveland's biggest Eastern Conference rival make such a dramatic improvement.

But the Clippers are also believed to be interested in acquiring the services of the two-time All-Star and could be prepared to engage in trade talks.

We're unlikely to see a development on the Kawhi situation in the near future but it's definitely one of the most intriguing narratives of the offseason already.

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