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Report: Kawhi Leonard Will Play For Spurs Or Eastern Conference Team In 2018-19

A picture of Kawhi Leonard from behind.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

In recent weeks, the two biggest stories around the NBA have been the possible locations of LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard. Both could be on new teams come the 2018-19 season.

In fact, both were heavily favored in Vegas to land with the Los Angeles Lakers before the NBA draft. However, those reports have cooled off over the past week after the San Antonio Spurs made it clear they won't work on a trade with the Lakers.

According to a new report from Sam Amick, the Spurs won't trade Leonard to ANY Western Conference team.

It's a smart move from San Antonio, as the Spurs reside in the Western Conference and a trade would only help a competitor.

Here's more from Amick's report:

But in the days that followed, the Spurs wasted no time in sending this message all around the NBA: The only Western Conference team he might be playing for is theirs.

As it stands, the Spurs are determined to either fix the situation or trade Leonard to an Eastern Conference team.

Amick went on to name two possible destinations for Kawhi in the Eastern Conference. Both the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics have the pieces in order to make a strong push for the former NBA Finals MVP.

Bill Simmons added an additional comment, highlighting the 76ers as the heavy favorite in a trade for Kawhi.

Gregg Popovich, R.C. Buford, and the Spurs would have to think long and hard about a potential trade if these pieces are all in play.

San Antonio's hope is to work out its issues with Kawhi, and sign the NBA star to a max deal.

[USA Today]