The San Antonio Spurs are definitely going to be getting a lot of calls on their phone regarding Kawhi Leonard’s situation, as the former Defensive Player of the Year is reportedly forcing a move out of the team.
Surprising as it may seem, it looks like Leonard has had it with the Spurs and will be playing elsewhere next season, and despite losing most of this campaign, him being the best two-way player in the world is totally worth trying to get him.
Some teams would love to build around Kawhi while others believe he’s the missing piece they so desperately crave to become title contenders, but just a handful of teams actually have the assets to make a run at him. Today, we’re going to let you know about 5 offers the Spurs will most likely accept during the Draft night.
5. Boston Celtics: Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and 27th pick
The Boston Celtics have impressed everybody for their ability to overcome adversity and injuries, mostly because Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have stepped up as a hell of a 1-2 punch in both ends of the hardwood despite their youth.
Tatum and Brown are looking like studs in the making and they haven’t hesitated to take a big shot during the playoffs, but even that may not be enough for Popovich to just hand the best player in the league to the Celtics, especially knowing what Brad Stevens could do with his top-tier defensive system.
4. Los Angeles Clippers: Tobias Harris, Montrezl Harrell, 12th and 13th pick
The Los Angeles Clippers are entitled with back to back lottery picks, but aren’t quite sure about their rebuilding process and would rather go back to playoff contention after missing the postseason this year, trying to lure Leonard to the Staples Center.
For that matter, they would send both picks to go along with Montrezl Harrell and Tobias Harris, a 3 and D combo forward that would definitely thrive on Popovich’s system. This kind of offer would be difficult to reject by any team, to be honest.
3. Chicago Bulls: Kris Dunn, Lauri Markkanen and 7th Pick
The Chicago Bulls traded away Jimmy Butler in order to get all of their young core pieces, but landing Kawhi Leonard would definitely speed things up at the Windy City and he’s the kind of guy that could take this team back to Championship contention in the blink of an eye.
Lauri Markkanen could be a star under Gregg Popovich, not to mention Kris Dunn has the defensive potential to thrive for ages at San Antonio, but we still don’t see Popovich accepting this deal unless he’s certain he can get Mo Bamba at 7.
2. Philadelphia 76ers: Dario Saric, Robert Covington and 10th pick
The Philadelphia 76ers took a major step forward this season and The Process is finally shaping up, but it was clear that they need a veteran leader that can take the rock on his hands when the clock’s running down.
Kawhi Leonard would be the icing on top of the cake at Philly and the Spurs would get a couple of tailor-made players for Gregg Popovich on Dario Saric and Robert Covington. Add the 10th overall pick into the mix, and you may have a deal on your hands.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Kevin Love, Larry Nance Jr. and 8th pick
And last but not least, the Cleveland Cavaliers could use Kawhi Leonard to get LeBron James to stay on board, and that kind of 1-2 punch would definitely dominate the East for years, even with the Celtics, Pacers and Sixers surging as young forces.
Kevin Love would be great paired with LaMarcus Aldridge, while they could have the chance to draft Wendell Carter Jr, Mo Bamba or Mikal Bridges at 8th, and Popovich would definitely be tempted to give it a go to this deal.