Spurs "fully engaged" in trade talks for Leonard

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Spurs "fully engaged" in trade talks for Leonard

Should they miss on Leonard and George stay with the Thunder, it then becomes increasingly unlikely they land LeBron as well. They will nearly assuredly renounce rights to Brook Lopez ($33.9 million cap hold), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ($21.3 million cap hold), and Channing Frye ($14.1 million cap hold), which gives them plenty of room to make trades and absorb money, even if they hold on to cap holds for Julius Randle and Isaiah Thomas that total just over $24 million. The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics are said to be "engaged" with San Antonio, and the Philadelphia 76ers are internally discussing the possibility of a deal as well. Considering what both teams have reportedly offered, Leonard might not be going anywhere soon.

There's been speculation since Leonard asked for a trade that Kyle Kuzma would have to be involved in any deal with the Spurs.

According to Wojnarowski, the Lakers are willing to trade Brandon Ingram and a future first-round pick in a deal for Leonard. Josh Hart, who was taken at the end of the 2017 first round, could also be included in a potential trade.

ESPN reported that Leonard is angry over what he believes was a mishandling of a quadriceps injury, as well as comments made by head coach Gregg Popovich and teammate Tony Parker regarding his injury as Leonard sat out.

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The report also gives the Spurs even more leverage than they already had in trade negotiations with the Lakers if they've decided that they want to be rid of the drama that Kawhi has brought to the franchise in the past year. It's been presumed that Brown would be the No.1 piece the Celtics would have to surrender for Leonard. The Spurs, still holding out hope they can make things worth with Leonard and a desire to avoid stacking the Lakers' roster, have a high asking price. Once draft picks are signed, they can not be traded for 30 days.

However, with this report, it is clear the Lakers still believe he can grow into a star, because if they didn't, he would have been one of the first players linked in a trade rumor.

Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs drives to the basket as he gets past Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of the game at Staples Center on February 26, 2017 in Los Angeles.

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