Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard has requested a trade in what has become the least shocking news of the summer! (Sean M. Hafferty/Getty Images)

Has Kawhi Leonard played his last game for the San Antonio Spurs organization? It’s looking like that’s a more and more likely scenario. Leonard barely played this past season for the Spurs with a nagging quad injury. Members of the Spurs organization starting questioning their superstar causing a rift between Leonard where he played In just 9 games. Now Leonard feels disrespected and wants out.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports was the first to report the news:

Leonard, 26, is under team control for just one more season. He does have a player option for the following season that will obviously be declined. There’s no question that Leonard is one of the top 10 players in the world and comes with superstar defensive prowess as well. The former 2012 NBA Finals MVP doesn’t just want out from San Antonio, he also wants a bigger market.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN had the following on who could be major players to land the Klaw

“Sources: So far, Leonard has expressed nothing directly to Spurs about future. Lakers and Clippers interest Leonard — and both teams would move quickly to assemble packages to acquire Leonard. Spurs won’t rush. Leonard and his camp had shown interest in $219M super max deal.”

“If Kawhi Leonard does become available in trade talks, the Boston Celtics will be interested in probing the Spurs about a deal, league sources tell ESPN. Boston inquired about a trade prior to the February deadline, sources said.”

The 76ers also might have something to say about this according to esteemed Vendetta colleague, Scott Baker. Just my two cents here: I would expect the Celtics to pass here. Giving up cheap control of Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum doesn’t make sense considering the team already has three max players on the roster (Al Horford, Gordon Hayward, and Kyrie Irving).

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The Clippers may actually may make the most sense around an offer that consists of Tobias Harris and first-round picks. LA owns the 12th and 13th overall selections in the 2018 NBA Draft. The Lakers may be the most aggressive because it’s no secret that they want to add star power. If they are in the driver seat for LeBron James and or Paul George, maybe they become more willing to give up a Brandon Ingram to put this team over the top.

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