In addition to the Lakers, the Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers are among some of the other teams who have initially been raised as being legitimate contenders for his services.
With a young core established via the draft, president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka can put together an attractive trade package.
Obviously, all of this is simply talk at the moment since the Sixers interest in Leonard is only a rumor at this point, but this Friday news from Adrian Wojnarowski sure makes the situation a lot more interesting.
Scott Bordow of AZCentral.com, however, refuted the notion that Phoenix would be willing to deal the first No. 1 overall pick in franchise history for Leonard.
Leonard also has just one year on his contract, giving the disgruntled superstar a say in where he'll go, as he can threaten to leave a given team after one year.
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San Antonio can offer him a supermax deal for 5-years worth $219 million, while others can only offer $188 million, like his hometown Los Angeles.
It would be a major surprise if they offloaded him to another team in the Western Conference so a move to the east would be the most likely outcome. With that being said, if the Spurs were to make Leonard available for team through a trade, it looks like the Sixers would have to face some tough competition for the star forward as well, meaning the next month or so could get real interesting really fast.
James and Leonard being on the same team does seem a possibility.
Working out a deal for Leonard would be a tough ask for Cleveland.
Trading Luis Scola to the Rockets and Boris Diaw to the Utah Jazz, neither of these trades contained players anywhere near the talent of Kawhi Leonard. But for that to happen, the Lakers would have to trade someone of value. At the same time, if the Cavaliers have that same mindset about the 2X Defensive Player of the Year, then they'll also shy away and let Leonard hit the open market next summer.