Kawhi Leonard trade update: a few NBA insiders don't think the Lakers are necessarily in the driver's seat to land the San Antonio Spurs star. Instead, it could wind up being the crosstown rival Clippers.
This afternoon, Yahoo! Sports NBA insider Shams Charania joined Colin Cowherd on his FOX Sports radio show. With LeBron James off to Los Angeles, and many other big free agents locked up early, the Leonard trade sweepstakes is the biggest story in the league.
Ever since it looked like he might play this gamut to get out of San Antonio, the Lakers have been the team identified as the favorite. Some thought the team might have to get Leonard from San Antonio to lock up James in free agency. Obviously, that proved to be untrue.
Still, the prevailing notion has been that even if Leonard is traded elsewhere, the Lakers would be in pole position once he hits free agency in 2019.
Charania says that may not be the case, though. He may find it more attractive to be the guy for the Clippers.
That doesn't mean that Leonard wouldn't go play with LeBron, obviously. It just doesn't sound like its a huge game changer.
Charania's quote jives with some other recent stuff we've heard about the ongoing Kawhi Leonard trade concerns.
Last week, Stephen A. Smith argued as much, discussing the possibility that Kawhi may not want to play with LeBron on his radio show.
FOX Sports' Chris Broussard has similar thoughts.
That would be music to the Clippers' ears. It is unclear if they can form a deal to get him for this season, but he remains a priority for the franchise, per Chris Haynes.
Obviously, everyone could be overthinking things, and it could be the Lakers, even if it takes until 2019, for Leonard. Still, the fact that this many prominent NBA reporters are hearing similar things about Kawhi is noteworthy.