Clippers have a starting point in trade talks for Kawhi Leonard

Posted June 19, 2018

Kawhi Leonard had just dropped 32 points in Philadelphia, splashing jumper after jumper over Robert Covington in a game the Spurs won, 111-103. It really doesn't. It's a lot of fun to talk about.

According to reports, the Spurs learned of Leonard's trade request via social media. "The goal is to hopefully come to a decision" about a possible five-year, $219 million supermax extension with the Spurs that the two-time first-team All-NBA guard is eligible to sign this offseason.

There were several disagreements between Leonard and the Spurs throughout the campaign regarding his fitness.

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Both organizations are said to be concerned with the Cali native's lingering quad injury, which caused him to miss most of the 2017-18 campaign.

As one of the elite two-way players in the league, the Spurs will demand a significant package in return for their star. In that scenario, assuming James and George signed as free agents, Los Angeles would only have them, Leonard, and Deng under contract. However, the Arizona Republic said any interest from Suns general manager Ryan McDonough would not include trading the No. 1 overall pick in this week's draft.

James can still opt into the previous year of his contract which is worth $35.6 million - he has until June 29 to do so but the expectation is that he'll choose against it and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. It would certainly be awkward, but it wouldn't be unprecedented. He is going to take his time and scan the market thoroughly. However, let's just see how he would fit in on the Nuggets.

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Still, Griffin is right in shooting down the notion that San Antonio's front office "must do something".

We'll get to more on Leonard's contract in the minute, but James would be hard pressed to find a place where he could pair with two other players of this caliber in an attempt to take down the Golden State Warriors.

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