Kawhi Leonard Telling Rival Teams He Plans to Sign With LA Team

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Obviously the Spurs aren't impressed, otherwise they would have pulled the trigger by now.

Clearly they'd rather not move on from inarguably one of the top five or so players in the National Basketball Association, and their current stance is completely reflective of that belief. Right now, they have 11 players under contract for next season.

Beyond the big names at the top, this is an incredibly deep free-agent class.

Perhaps the Spurs will get an offer that they simply can't refuse, but they don't seem eager to give him away simply because he wants to play elsewhere. This strategy is one that should be implemented this summer, now that another household name is on the trade block.

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The former first round pick has been talked about as a potential trade chip between the Spurs and Lakers for Kawhi Leonard.

Even if the Boston Celtics or another National Basketball Association team ends up trading for Kawhi Leonard, the San Antonio Spurs superstar doesn't intend to stay with his new team longer than one season.

The NBA draft kicks off Thursday night.

According to ESPN, Los Angeles has acquired the No. 39 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft from the 76ers for a 2019 second-round pick.

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According to reports, he's upset with the team over their handling of the leg injury that forced him to miss nearly the entirety of the 2017-2018 National Basketball Association season, as well as public comments made by guard Tony Parker and head coach Gregg Popovich.

With only three-four potential openings on their roster going into 2018, free agency notwithstanding, the 76ers simply can't keep five, let alone six players moving forward, and while they could obviously draft a foreign player and stash them overseas, like they did a year ago when they traded up to select Latvian center Anzejs Pasecniks 25th overall, those prospects seldom turn into starters, let alone solid role players. Even trading for Kawhi and signing LeBron and George this offseason may not be enough to make them favored over the Golden State Warriors, and I wouldn't pick them to take down the two-time defending champs.

The Sixers should take a bet on what they have built and trust they can convince Leonard to stay.

As the draft approaches, we will have to wait and see what comes of this trade for the Lakers.

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