"I think Kawhi Leonard is one of those unique players that we're seeing grow before all of our eyes", Brown said that night in February 2017. The team could easily hold onto Kawhi if they don't see a trade that pleases them enough, after all the team proved that they would be able to perform without him, at least in the regular season.
Leonard can opt out of his current contract after next season and become a free agent.More news: The Trump Administration Is Separating 65 Children a Day From Their Parents
Assuming Leonard is fully recovered from the leg injury that forced him to miss nearly all of last season, he might be the flawless teammate to play alongside LeBron James.
Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks for a pass while under pressure from LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena on January 30, 2016 in Cleveland.More news: United Kingdom vows to vote against Palestine at UN Human Rights Council
George, 28, a five-time All-Star, has a $20.7 million player's option on his contract with Oklahoma City. First, they need to try to get face-to-face with Leonard and hear what he has to say rather than making a franchise-changing transaction based on reports from anonymous sources. Getting Leonard would be a good start.
"How do you put together a group of talent but also a group of minds to be able to compete with Golden State, to be able to compete for a championship?"
James and Leonard being on the same team does seem a possibility. The only package that sounds interesting to the Spurs would have to be built around Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and draft considerations, with Luol Deng tossed in to make the money work.More news: Tear gas explosion at Caracas club kills 17 people - minister
Larry Nance and young Cedi Osman have drawn a lot of trade interest, according to Pluto. But they aren't going to let Leonard dictate his trade destination. He's a week removed from his eighth consecutive Finals and fourth with the Cavs.