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Lakers rumors: Spurs still have ‘very high demands’ for Kawhi Leonard trade

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San Antonio has remained firm on asking price in any trade for the All-Star forward.

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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. 

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. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.
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