Most of the public thought that if Leonard were to request a trade, his desired destination would be to play for the Los Angeles Lakers due to spending his childhood in Southern California. This is likely one of the betters deals they could get and Kawhi Leonard could join Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid in The Process.
The Kawhi Leonard-San Antonio Spurs saga has been well documented. They seem to be poised for just about anything right now, and acquiring Kawhi Leonard is no different. "Despite everything that has happened, they've haven't shown inclination to go trade him, to go field offers yet".
ESPN and Yahoo both reported Leonard's desire to move on from San Antonio on Friday, citing league sources. But Popovich and Leonard have reached out to each other on numerous occasions in recent weeks.
The development is the latest in the Spurs-Leonard saga, which saw disagreements over how to handle Leonard's injury drive a wedge between the two sides.
A trade involving Robert Covington and Markelle Fultz, along using the Stretch Provision on Jerryd Bayless, could clear enough cap space for the Sixers to make a run at a max player like LeBron James or Paul George to pair with Kawhi, Ben Simmons, and Joel Embiid. Boston inquired about a trade prior to the February deadline, sources said.
For starters, San Antonio made the playoffs even without Leonard and may want to keep him around regardless of his trade demand to see if they can work through their issues and pursue another title during the 2018-19 season. They have a number of promising young players such as Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier in addition to multiple first-round draft picks that they have acquired over the years. The Spurs reportedly turned the deal down and did not make the Celtics a counterproposal.
The Spurs may want Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and Josh Hart - as well as the Lakers' first-round pick (which came from the Cavs). National Basketball Association rules prohibit teams from trading their first-round picks in successive seasons.
One of the fans, in particular, took his resentment to another level as he recorded a video of a burning Leonard jersey while also giving a small... speech: "He bailed out on us in the middle of the season, couldn't leave like a real "G".