Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Should The Sacramento Kings Pursue Kawhi Leonard?

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Edward Snyder | 17 June, 2018, 16:12

That's a risk the Spurs might not be able to take, and a situation other teams dealt with in recent years. San Antonio would likely prefer to move forward with beneficial assets rather than continue to deal with the drama of a disgruntled Kawhi.

Thus, everyone has been dreaming up their own Kawhi Leonard trade scenario with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Suns will apparently not consider trading the No. 1 overall pick for Kawhi Leonard, according to a report from The Arizona Republic.

A potential trade package for Leonard could include a mix of any of the following players: Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow, and Bam Adebayo. He was replaced by former Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov in early May.

In some minor ways, making such a swap would make sense. There are simply too many obstacles that would prevent such a swap from taking place.

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. This would help the Spurs by giving them some exciting prospects at the guard and forward spots, as well as a draft pick to help move along a rebuild.

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

Would Kawhi Leonard be a good fit on the Nuggets?

That's further backed up by the fact that head coach Brad Stevens, Hayward's former college coach, will nearly surely fight to ensure he's retained.




However, things don't look really bad for the Spurs.

Philadelphia is still a relatively young and unproven team.

Of course, Boston would have to include more than just Brown in order to match salaries, but that's a relatively easy fix.

The Spurs will surely want more than just that first overall pick for Leonard.

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.

His hefty salary would be the first major obstacle that would halt such a deal, but there are plenty of reasons beyond that.

Instead, if the C's are successful in achieving such a goal, plan on Hayward and Kawhi suiting up as teammates for the 2018-19 season.

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