Suns will reportedly not trade No. 1 pick for Leonard


Following a report about Kawhi Leonard not wanting to return to the San Antonio Spurs for the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season, the offseason has kicked into high gear.

The Kawhi Leonard-San Antonio Spurs saga has been well documented. Considering the odd season he had this past year in which he barely saw the court for the Spurs amid his injury controversy, it wouldn't be surprising to see him dealt.

According to a number of reports, Kawhi's top destination choice would be the Los Angeles Lakers. However, his relative youth and overall ability will likely cause the Cavaliers and other suitors to look past that issue as they make their final decisions on whether or not to pursue this trade. In order to do that though, he would have to utilize his available assets to move back up (or he would have to trade back from the first pick, as if there is any chance of that happening).

Even though he wants to leave, the Spurs still have a lot of leverage here, and they're definitely not going to rush to pull any deal off considering we're talking about one of the best players in the world here. As a result, the Lakers can put together an attractive trade offer for Leonard.

However, the question that will certainly arise is what could they trade to pry him away from the Spurs that both teams could agree to?

While Wilson Chandler, the Nuggets main starter at the position last season, has served the Nuggets well in his eight years on the team, he has hit the wrong side of 30, and it showed in his play this past year.

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving left and his teammates pause for a moment of silence for victims of the Las Vegas concert shooting prior to the team's NBA preseason basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Boston. (AP
NBA trade rumors: Spurs' Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio

For the Spurs, they are in unfamiliar territory as the NBA's model franchise.

Riley has said before that if he were to be shown the right name, he would go all in on him.

The Spurs will surely want more than just that first overall pick for Leonard. Are they readying themselves to turn on a new leaf?

Acquiring Leonard would give the Heat a true superstar, something that they have lacked ever since LeBron James left the team in the summer of 2014.

It should also be remembered that McDonough recently stated that it would be very hard for him to part with the Suns' first round pick in 2019, as well as the Miami Heat's unprotected pick of 2021.

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