According to National Basketball Association reporter Chris Sheridan, there is a "0 percent chance" Gregg Popovich and the Spurs will entertain the idea of trading Leonard to the Los Angeles Lakers or any other Western Conference team. If the Knicks got Leonard in a trade, then they would lose their best player Kristaps Porzingis, who the Spurs are very fond of, sources told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.
The Lakers have enough salary cap space to sign both James and George to the max contracts they most likely will covet. Both LA teams are on the same page when it comes to his injury. 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.
There were several disagreements between Leonard and the Spurs throughout the campaign regarding his fitness.
That could open the door for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Like other teams that have expressed interest, the Cavaliers face a tough task of assembling a trade package to acquire Leonard.
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Even during the nine games he played, he didn't look like his usual self and was on a minutes restriction.
Leonard missed most of the season after Zaza Pachulia slide under Leonard in Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference Finals, a play and series that received much scrutiny following that sequence.
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.
That's not the reality of the situation though.
So, yes, if anyone has a reason to anxious, it's the Cavs. But for that to happen, the Lakers would have to trade someone of value.