Kawhi Leonard Rumors: This Team In ‘Driver’s Seat’ To Land Spurs Star

Ruben Hill
July 17, 2018

The Lakers seemed eager to acquire Leonard before they signed James, but have been unable to meet the Spurs' hefty price tag.

In the latest episode of " The Lowe Podcast", ESPN NBA insider Brian Windhorst said the Raptors are in the "driver's seat" to pull off a deal for Leonard.

It is still clearly a fluid situation in San Antonio, and as the season draws closer there could be some clarity as to what the team will do to resolve their standing with Leonard.

Leonard has grown increasingly frustrated with his role in San Antonio and his relationship with the team and demanded a trade before free agency began. Leonard is one of 35 players named to the US national team roster.

That news is noteworthy for two reasons: One, the head coach of Team USA is none other than Spurs bench boss Gregg Popovich, the man who Leonard (and his camp, led by his uncle who is also his agent) have decided the two-time defensive player of the year no longer wants to play for.

Leonard, of course, is not expected to sign this contract, but you never know what's going to happen in the National Basketball Association. Injuries limited Leonard to just nine games last season, but he averaged a career-high 25.5 points per game in the previous season, in addition to 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

And he has already expressed his desire to return to his hometown of Los Angeles, with a preference to join the Lakers. That means no Kyrie Irving, no Gordon Hayward, no Al Horford, and certainly no Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum.

What's more, the Spurs aren't willing to take a discount for Leonard - at least not yet.

According to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Romana Shelburne, the Celtics did not offer up any of their five-best players for Leonard.

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