The Spurs are in commerce talks with a number of groups about Leonard, together with the Lakers and Celtics, ESPN reported Thursday, citing unidentified league sources.
The report provides, “Boston has lengthy had the property that the Spurs most covet in a possible Leonard commerce.” Nonetheless, it has been extensively speculated that Leonard would find yourself in Los Angeles.
The New York Instances additionally reported Thursday that the commerce talks don’t assure Leonard goes to the Lakers this week, including, “League sources say of the Spurs: ‘They’re prepared’ to maneuver on from Kawhi.”
This does not assure Kawhi Leonard goes to the Lakers this week — since San Antonio may at all times commerce him elsewhere and/or drag issues out — however league sources say of the Spurs: “They’re prepared” to maneuver on from Kawhi
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 28, 2018
In line with a separate ESPN report, the Spurs have been in talks with the Cavaliers, 76ers and Clippers. ESPN notes: “The Lakers, the franchise Leonard desires to be traded to, didn’t have an encouraging preliminary dialog with the Spurs.” The identical report indicated that the Lakers are upping their commerce talks with Leonard as buying him would “doubtless clinch” signing LeBron James as a free agent.
Whereas it is all hypothesis for now, James has till 11:59 p.m. ET Friday to inform the Cavaliers whether or not he’ll decide into the ultimate yr of his contract or change into an unrestricted free agent, which undoubtedly would shake up the market.