The NBA offseason just got a lot crazier as not too long ago the reports spewed out that San Antonio Spurs' star player Kawhi Leonard has requested a trade. His preferred destination, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, is the Los Angeles Lakers. Leonard's relationship with the Spurs soured last season over the treatment of a quadriceps injury that limited him to nine games.
Despite the reports, Charania said Leonard has been interacting with Spurs officials and attended Popovich's wife's service shortly after the season ended.
The development is the latest in the Spurs-Leonard saga, which saw disagreements over how to handle Leonard's injury drive a wedge between the two sides. Back in February, the Celtics offered a package to get Kawhi to Boston, but it was rejected as the team thought they could iron out their problems.
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However, USA Today's Sam Amick says that the Spurs have not been officially notified of San Antonio's trade request.
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The Spurs have other draft prospects to evaluate in the meantime, as they now hold the No. 18 pick in the first round. 12 and 13, and several intriguing players on their roster, which could be attractive should the Spurs grant Leonard's trade demand.
Leonard reportedly wants to play in either L.A.
But, the Suns are not expected to move the pick for Leonard, according to The Arizona Republic's report.
But if the Suns do make the trade, a one-two punch of Leonard and Devin Booker would certainly be interesting and the Suns could become an emerging contender in the Western Conference if Leonard re-signs. The Lakers notably do not have a lottery pick this year. After the team reaches the salary cap they can still sign Randle to his max contract of over $25 million.
That second overall pick would likely be extremely intriguing for the Spurs as they could add someone like a Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley III, or Michael Porter Jr.in the draft. Acquiring Leonard would play a big part in that regard.