Late Sunday night it was reported by CBS Sports that the Cleveland Cavaliers had called the San Antonio Spurs to inquire about Kawhi Leonard.
Earlier last week it was reported by Shams Charania that superstar Kawhi Leonard was fed up and wanted out of San Antonio and that his preferred destinations were either the Los Angeles Lakers or the New York Knicks. There hasn’t been any news concerning the Knicks putting together a trade offer but there has been buzz about the Lakers getting into the action.
It was reported earlier in the afternoon on Sunday however that the Spurs did not intend to trade the star to a Western Conference foe and that if he were to be traded it would obviously be with an Eastern Conference team.
Narrowing down the teams to only Eastern Conference increases the odds of the Wine and Gold performing a trade with the Spurs. While obviously, Kawhi wants out of San Antonio, it’s not a given that the team will trade him away. The team could easily hold onto Kawhi if they don’t see a trade that pleases them enough, after all the team proved that they would be able to perform without him, at least in the regular season.
Now you may ask what the Cavs need to trade in order to get Leonard onto their squad. It’s obvious that the Spurs have wanted Cedi Osman for a very long time and it seems like the Cavs are not utilizing him at his full capacity. Another piece that the Spurs would want would be George Hill. Hill performed at points during the second half of the season, but the Cavs should be willing to part with him. Finally, it’s obvious that the Spurs would be getting our pick in this year’s draft, the eighth overall.
If the Cavs would be able to pull this off and get Kawhi Leonard, it would almost certainly lock in the fact of LeBron staying in Cleveland. LeBron would 100% finally have the help he needs and the only player that can stop LeBron would be on his team. Leonard plays a lot like Kobe Bryant with the mid-range game as one of his strengths and his defense is unmatched. When healthy, Leonard is easily the best two-way player in the NBA.
While the chances aren’t crazy high that this happens and you’d have to believe that every team probably called the Spurs, there is still a chance.