5 Possible Trade Destinations For Kawhi Leonard

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The San Antonio Spurs have been the model franchise in the NBA for over 15 years. With quiet superstars like Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard, they have consistently been championship contenders. There was never any problems and all players and coaches were clear about all the current situations and they loved being there. Until this year.

It all started when in the preseason, Kawhi Leonard, a top 5 player, and a consistent MVP candidate went down with a quad injury which was thought to be minor and he was expected to return within 1-2 months. Then, for some reason, the Spurs stopped talking about him. They were dodging questions about Kawhi and his injury for a month. After that, reports came out that he was having issues with the management, and the root cause was Kawhi being ‘distant’ and ‘disconnected’ from the team’s front office. Then in late February were informed that he was getting a second opinion even though he was medically cleared by the team to play for 3 months. Finally, a few days ago, it was known that teams all around the league were ready to trade for Kawhi during the offseason.

Now the question arose that which teams were going to actually have the most mouth-watering trade packages for the Spurs. Here are 5 possible trade destinations for Kawhi Leonard:

1.  Los Angeles Lakers:

The Lakers are in the midst of a rebuild currently. But, if they want a higher chance to get LeBron James or Paul George this offseason, a good option would be to make a blockbuster trade for Kawhi Leonard. A potential trade is Kawhi Leonard to Los Angeles and Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, 2019 1st round pick, 2020 1st round pick, and 2020 2nd round pick.

2.  Cleveland Cavaliers

In order to keep LeBron for a couple more seasons, a good option would be to trade for Kawhi Leonard. Kawhi would be an immense help to LeBron and actually give them, what I believe to be, a 50/50 chance to beat the Warriors. A potential trade is Kawhi Leonard to Cleveland and Cedi Osman, Ante Zizic, Rodney Hood, and 2018 1st round pick (BKN).

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3.  Boston Celtics

This trade would be potentially amazing and easily lead the Celtics to the Finals at least. Imagine a Kawhi-Kyrie duo. Kyrie breaking ankles on one end and finishing with a sweet layup and Kawhi locking down the opposition’s best player on the other side of the floor. A potential trade would be Kawhi Leonard to Boston and Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Marcus Morris, and 2019 1st round pick (MEM).

4.  Phoenix Suns

Kawhi on the Suns would lift their horrible record to definitely a playoff spot which will help Devin Booker’s growth and development. Kawhi’s amazing two-way game will teach the young team how to play defense well and eventually, Kawhi would leave a bright future in Phoenix when he left. A potential trade is Kawhi Leonard to Phoenix for Josh Jackson, Dragan Bender, 2018 1st round pick (MIA), and 2018 1st round pick (MIL).

5.  Philadelphia 76ers

The process would finally be complete. The Sixers would be the threat in the East, they would be perennial title contenders and would be a bonafide dynasty after the Golden State Warriors era is over. A potential trade is Kawhi Leonard to Philadelphia and Markelle Fultz, Richaun Holmes, Dario Saric, and 2018 1st round pick (LAL).

With all that being said, all the trade rumors are, well, simply just rumors. I don’t think Kawhi will be playing for another team until he becomes a free agent in 2019, but I still don’t think he will leave San Antonio even then.

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