Benefits of pursuing Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard wants to be traded

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While interested in the Spurs star, so far the Lakers haven't had any trade discussions about Leonard.

The Heat could also include a first-round draft pick, but they sort of have their hands tied when it comes to that. This past season had reports of "tension" according to outlets, including ESPN, though Leonard's family and the Spurs franchise both denied it.

Kawhi Leonard isn't concerned about missing out on the supermax, sources tell ESPN. They still have Leonard and they won't settle for chump change in a potential trade.

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Kawhi Leonard dressed in the Lakers' purple and gold? If San Antonio ever receives the chance to meet with Leonard, tackling these communication gaffes seems like a possible talking point. Boston inquired about a trade prior to the February deadline, sources said.

Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs stands during player introductions prior to Game One of the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriorsc at ORACLE Arena.

The Spurs are the only team that can offer Leonard the five-year, $219-million deal. 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. The news may also have an impact on the buzz around LeBron James coming to San Antonio if he chooses to opt out of his contract and become a free agent. Leonard - who was drafted 15th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft - has spent all seven seasons of his career with the Spurs. Acquiring Leonard would play a big part in that regard. The deal might make more sense for the rebuilding Lakers than for the Spurs, however. The Lakers could give the Spurs Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and a future first-round pick for Kawhi. In that scenario, assuming James and George signed as free agents, Los Angeles would only have them, Leonard, and Deng under contract.

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