If the Cleveland Cavaliers are desperate to avoid a complete rebuild and stay in playoff contention next season, then pursuing Kawhi Leonard may be the only way to do so.
Four-time MVP LeBron James looks almost certain to be on his way out of Cleveland this summer, but adding Leonard to the Cleveland line up has the possibility of giving LeBron more incentive to stay.
According to Cleveland.com writer, Terry Pluto, the Cavs have approached the Spurs expressing their interest in Leonard in hopes of keeping LeBron in Cleveland.
“Cleveland is among the teams trying to pry Kawhi Leonard away from the Spurs, but assembling a workable offer won’t be easy, Pluto adds in the same story. Kevin Love, who will make $24.1M next season with a player option close to $25.6M for 2019/20, would be useful for salary-matching purposes, but San Antonio seems more interested in acquiring young talent than an established player like Love.”
It seems unlikely that the Cavs will have any success in luring Leonard over as Cleveland doesn’t have a great deal to offer the Spurs unlike rival teams such as the Celtics, 76ers and the Lakers.
The Cavaliers have Kevin Love and the No.8 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft to offer up to the Spurs, but that doesn’t look like it would be enough to please the San Antonio. The Cavs would be more likely to secure a deal with San Antonio if they create a three-way trade involving another team that has some type of interest in Kevin Love.
Leonard has already expressed interest in heading to Los Angeles to play with the Lakers, however, San Antonio will make sure they pick the right club that suits them to trade with if they aren’t able to mend fences with their star small forward that won an NBA Finals MVP for the Spurs back in 2014.