Leonard was supposed to meet with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich this week to resolve tension that arose during the All-Star's lengthy absence last season due to quadriceps tendinopathy, which limited him to just nine games.
Late Sunday night it was reported by CBS Sports that the Cleveland Cavaliers had called the San Antonio Spurs to inquire about Kawhi Leonard. But what makes them special is they've ignored the noise for 21 years! Therefore, he can become an unrestricted free agent once the 2018-2019 National Basketball Association season concludes.
AZCentral.com reported there was no truth to the rumor and the Suns would not trade the pick, but could be part of three-team deal that would get Leonard to the Lakers and have the Spurs avoid taking on Luol Deng's contract.
Now, he apparently wishes to be traded, and the speculation regarding where he might end up is at a fever pitch. In that scenario, assuming James and George signed as free agents, Los Angeles would only have them, Leonard, and Deng under contract.More news: Uruguay win, all eyes on Morocco vs Iran
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The Celtics, for instance, could trade one of their multiple first round picks, as well as a young, rising player like Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, or Jayson Tatum, or even Kyrie Irving or Gordon Hayward.
Kawhi Leonard had just dropped 32 points in Philadelphia, splashing jumper after jumper over Robert Covington in a game the Spurs won, 111-103.
Leonard will be sought after by teams that can offer the Spurs a much more appealing offer than the Cavs.
The Cavaliers' best asset is the Brooklyn Nets' pick at No. 8 while they also have Kevin Love on a $24 million deal for 18-19 and $25 million for 19-20.
As for James, he's spending time with family and mulling where he wants to play - next season and beyond.