Should Kawhi Leonard’s injury make Cavs uninterested?

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The news of Kawhi Leonard reportedly wanting to leave the San Antonio Spurs rocked the National Basketball Association world on Friday.

There are rumors that Kawhi wants to head to Los Angeles and play for the Lakers, but that is unlikely to happen since head coach Gregg Popovich has a personal rule to never trade a star to a team in his own conference.

The ESPN report says that Leonard has his eye on playing in Los Angeles, preferably for the Lakers.

It is his "camp", which includes his uncle, ostensibly acting as Kawhi's agent, that has made the "I don't want to play with San Antonio anymore" proclamation.

For teams who have called the Spurs about Leonard, the first one is the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Terry Pluto of Cleveland.com. Right now, Leonard has one more year left on his current contract before he can opt out with a player option. Maybe San Antonio would take a lesser package in return to send Leonard to the East and not help a rival like the Lakers. Phoenix explored Kyrie Irving trades last summer but was reluctant to deal Josh Jackson, whom they selected with the fourth overall pick.


Bordow, however, was adamant that Phoenix would not agree to such a deal, especially given that Leonard could leave the Suns as early as next summer.

Therefore, it seems fair to assume that James will now seek a similar arrangement.

As the Cleveland Cavaliers wait for LeBron James to make a decision about his future, the team is looking to upgrade the roster that could surround the NBA's best player. As for last season, he only appeared in nine games because of a quad injury, averaging 16.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.0 steals per game.

"They've thrown him under the bus by saying he's ready to go", the source said, adding: "In my opinion, they should have never publicly said he was ready to go". And there's always a possible reunion with Irving (or Leonard, if he ends up there) as well as All-Star Gordon Hayward and star rookie Jayson Tatum in Boston.

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