Kawhi Leonard is unhappy in San Antonio, and everybody knows it. At least four NBA teams have made offers for Leonard, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst:
The Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers and LA Clippers are among teams who have made offers to the Spurs for Leonard, league sources said.
The Los Angeles Lakers also reached out to the Spurs, but that conversation didn’t go well:
The Lakers, the franchise Leonard wants to be traded to, did not have an encouraging initial conversation with the Spurs, ESPN reported recently.
Although the Lakers came away feeling like San Antonio “shut the door on us” and the conversation never progressed or included a formal trade offer, the Spurs haven’t ruled out sending Leonard to any destination, league sources said.
Wojnarowski believes that, of the four teams, Cleveland is the least likely to get Leonard, as they simply don’t have the assets to do so:
Cleveland has inquired about Leonard, sources said, but the Cavaliers probably don’t have the assets to top the rest of the market.
Leonard reportedly wants to go to L.A., which could give the Lakers (or Clippers) some leverage in trade talks; the bidding war over Leonard that is seemingly taking place could come to a halt if Leonard informs non-Los-Angeles teams that he won’t re-sign with them past this season; that would send his trade value plummeting.