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There Appear To Be 3 Favorites To Trade For Kawhi Leonard

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)

We've entered another day of Kawhi Leonard Trade Watch. The Spurs' star remains a part of San Antonio's organization despite demanding a trade roughly a month ago. Here's the latest on the evolving saga.

There appear to be three teams most-likely to trade for Leonard at this point. They are two Western Conference teams and one Eastern Conference squad.

San Antonio is staying patient, feeling unprompted to rush into a move, but if/when the Spurs are to do something, it seems likely that it'll be with one of the following teams.


Los Angeles likely remains the favorite to land Kawhi. The Lakers are reportedly unwilling right now to give up the package that it'll take to land him - it's reportedly a Brandon Ingram/Kyle Kuzma/Josh Hart/multiple picks package - but we'll see how long that lasts.

The Lakers did not trade for Paul George last summer, thinking he'd end up signing with the franchise in free agency, but he decided to stay put in Oklahoma City. Will Los Angeles risk that happening again? We'll see.


Los Angeles' other NBA franchise is a very possible suitor, too. However, it's unclear if the Clippers have enough assets to make a trade work.

The package would likely have to feature Tobias Harris and a bunch of draft picks. That might not be enough for the Spurs to bite on.

However, reports suggest that Kawhi is very open to the Clippers.


The Sixers might be the only Eastern Conference team with a realistic chance of re-signing Kawhi in free agency next summer. Philadelphia has a potential package of Markelle Fultz/Robert Covington/Dario Saric that could be enough for San Antonio, too.


We're still likely months away from seeing anything happen here. Stay tuned.