Don’t deplete assets for Kawhi Leonard

Posted June 21, 2018

The team will have to trade picks and/or stash some drafted players overseas from this draft. Leonard is a bona fide top-five player. He was instead shipped to the Oklahoma City Thunder to team up with Russell Westbrook.

He finished his lone season with Texas Tech with averages of 11.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.8 assists and shot a great 45.0 percent from deep nightly, albeit on very limited attempts, and 55.6 percent from the field overall. The Sixers hold the rights to the no. 10 pick in the first round, courtesy of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Even if the Boston Celtics or another National Basketball Association team ends up trading for Kawhi Leonard, the San Antonio Spurs superstar doesn't intend to stay with his new team longer than one season.

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There are parallels between George's situation a year ago and the current one with Leonard.

Gay is turning down a salary of $8.8 million in order to hit free agency.

According to Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports the hierarch San Antonio will at no stage start actively shopping the 2014 Finals MVP, but they will be prepared to listen to offers that teams bring to them.

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As reported in a new story by ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski, Leonard plans to inform "rival teams" that may offer trades for him that he intends to sign with one of the Los Angeles teams - preferably the Lakers - when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2019.

It's a huge conundrum for the Spurs, as they could get a huge package for him this summer, but trading one of the league's best players is never a good look to a fanbase.

So as we inch closer to what's sure to be a insane offseason with plenty of trades and big names trading places, I would hope the Los Angeles Lakers take a page from last year's playbook and do not forgo assets for an expiring contract when they can simply add him to the mix and build upon a franchise trending in the right direction.

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We'll see what they do when the event rolls around.