Things have taken yet another drastic turn with the San Antonio Spurs as All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard has informed the organization that he wants to be traded. According to Chris Haynes of ESPN, the Los Angeles Lakers are his preferred landing spot.
Leonard, according to sources, has grown frustrated with how the organization handled his quad injury and feels the franchise turned on him once he sought a second opinion.
Leonard has Los Angeles — preferably the Lakers — at the center of his preferences for a trade destination, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
There is a personal connection with the city of Los Angeles being that he grew up in the area and went to college a couple of hours away at San Diego State. The Lakers have an intriguing situation this offseason with the ability to possibly ink two players to max deals, which would give them more than enough space to bring aboard Leonard and a marquee free agent such LeBron James or Paul George.
Any chance that Los Angeles has in landing the 26-year-old would be rooted with the coupling of some of their young talent with Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, or Lonzo Ball in a deal. The possibility of trading Randle would likely be in a sign-and-trade given that he is set to become a restricted free agent this summer.
What could murky their chances is that there are other teams that could jump in the picture such as the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, and Philadelphia 76ers. What also doesn’t help their case is that the Lakers in the same conference as the Spurs, which would mean that San Antonio would have to be comfortable with helping a Western Conference foe. Regardless of what the potential underlying factors may be, it’s clear that Leonard could be on the move in the coming weeks.