Throughout the last several weeks, San Antonio Spurs All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard has continued to see his name remain prominently mentioned in trade rumors.
However, the Spurs have remained firm on demanding a huge haul in return for Leonard in any deal. According to Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports, this has remained the case as the team still has “very high demands” for trade offers for the 27-year-old.
The #Spurs remain open for business — continuing to speak w/other teams in regard to trading Kawhi Leonard, per league sources. But they have very high demands for the return haul and are not in any rush to move him if their asking price – regardless of team – is not met.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) July 6, 2018
It has become quite clear over the last few weeks that the Spurs prefer not to trade Leonard with the hope of working things out their star forward, but things have remained on complicated terms. This has created a much more difficult situation for the franchise with there seemingly being more possible hurdles that lie ahead of that scenario playing out.
At the same time, the Lakers have remained in the mix as a possible landing spot for him, but there is a reluctance from San Antonio to work out a deal with the team. This has largely been the reason why the team has kept a high asking price in any trade discussions with Los Angeles asking for the likes of Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and first-round draft picks.
What has further complicated things is that there is the notion that Leonard wants to be moved to the Lakers, which has led to other teams such as the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers that have interest in acquiring him hesitant to put up lucrative offers. It is still a fluid situation, but it is clear that the Spurs are open to trade discussions if the package of assets is beneficial to them.
There doesn’t appear to be any urgency from the Lakers to work out a deal with the Spurs, which could drag things out much further into the offseason.