Spurs fan burns Kawhi Leonard jersey

Kristopher Nichols
June 19, 2018

After a season-long saga between the San Antonio Spurs and Kawhi Leonard, the player's long-term future with the team was thrown into serious doubt and became a topic of conversation throughout the year.

Although there are obstacles in the Lakers trading for Leonard, this ultimately bodes well for the storied franchise.

The Kawhi Leonard-San Antonio Spurs saga has been well documented.

The reporting from Chris Mannix suggests it is "the circus that Ball brings with him" has led the Spurs to not have interest in Ball. However, during all of that mess, reports surfaced that the Spurs were planning on giving Leonard the super max deal to help ease the tension.

Cleveland does have the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, but that won't almost be enough to grab a player of Kawhi's talent level. According to Sheridan, however, that's exactly what the San Antonio intends to do.

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Rudy Gay is another forward they've targeted over the years, as they tried to acquire him in a trade from the Memphis Grizzlies in 2013 and then when Gay hit free agency. After going through a five-year rebuilding stretch, this summer was circled by many fans as the summer in which the Lakers would return to showtime.

They do have the number eight pick in this year's draft, but that won't be enough to get Leonard.

It could be risky for the Suns to make a deal for Leonard.

The relationship between Leonard and the Spurs seemed to fracture slowly. It will be up to the Lakers to do some serious digging to see how much of it was serious and how much of it was convenience allowing for a trade right now.

Any NBA GM should, of course, ask themselves this question before they trade or sign a player. Online sportsbook BetDSI places Boston atop the list of likely candidates. However, that doesn't mean other teams aren't interested in acquiring the services of the versatile 26-year-old forward/guard, and one of those teams appears to be the Cleveland Cavaliers, who may or may not be entering the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season with their own franchise player and four-time MVP victor, LeBron James.

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