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Brian Windhorst: Bulls Have A Trade Package For Kawhi Leonard Deal

A view of Kawhi Leonard crouching down from the side.

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)

After months of speculation over his status and standing with the team, it now appears that Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio. Earlier this afternoon, a number of the top reporters around the NBA tweeted that the superstar wants to be moved.

LeBron James is clearly the top available player on the market, when he hits free agency. A healthy Leonard is probably also one of the five best players in the NBA right now.

The tricky part here is that Leonard is still under contract with San Antonio. He reportedly isn't worried about missing the chance to sign a "super max" deal with the team that drafted him back in 2011, and with whom he became a superstar and an NBA Finals MVP.

The Spurs aren't just going to give him away, even if he definitely wants to leave, though. A player like Leonard demands a pretty big return.

According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the Chicago Bulls are actually one of the franchises that could put together a package to land him.

A few days ago, Windhorst was a guest on ESPN 1000 in Chicago. He said the team "definitely has a package to put together."

Any package to get Leonard would probably involve 2017 first round pick Lauri Markkanen. The Arizona product did not receive nearly the attention of Ben Simmons or Donovan Mitchell, but he put up some serious numbers.

Markkanen averaged over 15 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He shot over 36-percent from three, a very solid number for a seven-footer, and over 84-percent from the free throw line.

Markkanen would probably have to be packaged with the No. 7 overall pick in the upcoming draft. The Bulls could also try to throw in a young player like Kris Dunn, or even Zach LaVine, although any big package like that is a risk, given the questions surrounding Leonard's injury history.

In all likelihood, this isn't a match. Leonard, a Southern California native, is widely rumored to want a move to the Lakers if possible. If he wouldn't be willing to sing long-term with a rebuilding team like the Bulls, there's no way the deal makes sense for Chicago.