Yesterday, there were plenty of reports that Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio. He reportedly wants to go to LA. With the NBA draft around the corner, there are plenty of teams that can make a play for Leonard. The team with the No. 1 pick in the draft, the Phoenix Suns are looking to make an offer to the Spurs.
According to the Ringer:
Several league sources told me they anticipate Suns general manager Ryan McDonough to probe a Leonard deal using the no. 1 pick. Phoenix explored Irving trades last summer but was reluctant to deal Josh Jackson, whom they selected with the fourth overall pick. Leonard is better than Irving, so perhaps it’s time for the Suns to strike now when they’re armed with assets and an opportunity to trade for a transcendent player. There’s also a sense from league sources that the Suns presumed selection of Arizona big man DeAndre Ayton at no. 1 isn’t a guarantee because of the outside possibility that they’ll get a good enough deal to trade down or out of the draft entirely. Now that Leonard reportedly wants out, anything is possible.
The Suns have plenty of pieces that they can move. They have Josh Jackson, Tyson Chandler, Dragan Bender, Devin Booker, and the No. 1 pick in the draft. The thing is, if you trade for Leonard, what do you have left? You’re going to give up two players and the pick. They may free up some cap space, allowing for them to pursue another star.
The Suns reportedly want to offer Clint Capela a max deal. They can also go after Paul George, but just as Leonard is eyeing LA… Reportedly, mainstream sources are saying LeBron James and George are also eyeing LA. This creates a bit of a problem for the Suns. Although, Devin Booker, Kawhi Leonard, and Clint Capela does sound like a pretty solid core. If you can put the pieces around them, then you have a pretty legitimate contender. You have two great defenders and three players that can score at will.
Also, we have to remember that Leonard is a free agent in 2019. This creates a bit of a problem that will most likely halt this from happening. I don’t think that the Suns will be willing to make anything happen for Leonard if he doesn’t want to sign an extension. This offseason is already starting out to be one for the ages and I’m sure that we will be in for a wild ride very soon.
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Source: Yahoo! Sports