Kawhi Leonard is now the NBA star everyone's talking about this offseason. LeBron James has made his decision, leaving the Cavs for the Lakers. Will Leonard be joining him in Los Angeles?
He certainly wants to. Leonard has maintained throughout this summer that he prefers to end up on the Lakers.
Leonard, a 27-year-old All-NBA forward, has reportedly requested to be traded out of San Antonio. He no longer trusts the organization after what happened during the 2017-18 season. He wants out and he wants to go to Southern California.
The addition of LeBron to the Lakers has not changed Leonard's mindset.
ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Leonard's focus has not changed. He wants to be wearing the Purple and Gold in 2018-19.
"As trade talks have unfolded, Kawhi Leonard’s focus is unchanged: He wants to be a Laker," Woj reports.
The Lakers have enough on their roster to make a trade for Leonard, but it's unclear if they'll be willing to do it.
ESPN's Stephen A. Smith is reporting that the Lakers have told the Spurs that Kyle Kuzma is "off limits" in a trade for Kawhi Leonard. Los Angeles has several other promising young players in Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Julius Randle and Josh Hart.