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The Spurs Reportedly Thought About Making A Big Kawhi Leonard Trade 1 Year Ago

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)

The New York Knicks are one of the teams being mentioned as a possible destination for Kawhi Leonard, but outside of Kristaps Porzingis (who's injured with a torn ACL), they don't have a ton of attractable assets for San Antonio.

The Spurs, according to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, were intrigued by the potential of a Kawhi for Kristaps swap. The ESPN personality reported this on the air one year ago.

"Guess who the San Antonio Spurs called?" Smith said. "The New York Knicks. They said they were willing to move Kawhi Leonard and clean house."

"But then they stepped back from it and changed their minds."

"I got it confirmed a few minutes ago."

The Knicks had reportedly made Porzingis available in trade talks leading up to the 2017 NBA Draft, however it was later reported that Phil Jackson just wanted to see what his young player's value was.

According to Stephen A., the Spurs at least thought about moving Leonard for him. It's unclear what New York would've done.

Trade talks surrounding Leonard will likely amplify in the days leading up to Thursday's NBA Draft. Multiple teams with high draft picks are being mentioned as potential suitors.

The 2018 NBA Draft is set to begin on Thursday night shortly after 7 p.m. E.T. It'll be televised on ESPN.