Rumor: Lakers, Clippers, Cavs, Sixers possible Kawhi Leonard destinations
The Kawhi Leonard saga boasts plenty of implications — is there a rift between him and the organization? No rift? Is he willing to take the supermax offer? If not, where would he go?
According to Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Lakers and the L.A. Clippers will be players on this potential bidding war, as the latter have the 12th and 13th picks in the draft, plus plenty of working pieces that San Antonio could want/
The Lakers have youth galore, most notably the likes of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, which they can use as bait to land some bona fide talent and lure the likes of Paul George and LeBron James to look differently at playing for the Lakers.
The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the most intriguing candidates, boasting plenty of cap space available and ample youth still in a rookie contract (Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz, Dario Saric), including two first-round draft picks that could sweeten the pot for the Spurs.
The Boston Celtics have youth and picks to offer, and they’re coming off one of their most ambitious ventures trading for Kyrie Irving this past summer, who’s to say they won’t swing big again?
Now the Cleveland Cavaliers are the most mysterious of them all, still under the control of the Brooklyn Nets’ unprotected first-round pick on their back pocket. If it proves high enough (top-three) to convince the Spurs to move Leonard, this could be a move that could convince James to stay home, regardless of where the line ends for this team in this year’s playoffs.