Kawhi Leonard probably won't be a member of the San Antonio Spurs next year, but it remains to be seen where he'll be suiting up. Many have speculated that some kind of combination of Leonard, LeBron James and Paul George on the Los Angeles Lakers could make sense. But James and George are free agents - Leonard has one year left on his deal with San Antonio.
Skip Bayless of FOX Sports thinks that the Lakers can make a fair offer for Leonard - but that it'll cost them a lot. Bayless says that Magic Johnson should contemplate sending San Antonio Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram. Balla and Kuzma were both first round picks in the 2017 draft. Ingram was a first round pick in 2016.
Obviously, it's a steep price. But if the assumption is that Leonard will sign with the Lakers long term, it could be worth it.
Leonard only played in nine games this past season as he dealt with a quadriceps injury. The team's reported handling of that injury is one of the main reasons he wants to leave San Antonio. Per Yahoo:
Leonard has become uncomfortable with any future with the Spurs — because of overall mistrust stemming from the organization’s handling of his quadriceps injury during the past year — and is prepared to move on immediately, league sources said.
The Spurs trading Leonard to the Lakers would be interesting, considering the two franchises have been major competitors on the court over the past two decades. That said, the Spurs will likely try to get the best deal possible.
Free agency in the NBA begins on July 1. Perhaps the Spurs will wait until seeing where James, George and the other top free agents land before making a move.