It is July 4 and Kawhi Leonard is still a San Antonio Spur. The trade talks for the star forward are at a stalemate.
Considering the NBA's penchant for breaking news happening on our country's birthday, that could all change today. Kawhi might end up being traded while you're enjoying your second or third hot dog.
However, the Los Angeles Lakers, who have long been seen as the most likely trade partner for the Spurs, may not be determined to acquire Kawhi right now. They could wait, as ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said last night on SportsCenter.
The 27-year-old Leonard will be a free agent in 2019, and by all accounts, he wants to go to LA. That means the Lakers can play the long game, retain their young talent and sign Leonard next year once he hits the open market.
According to Woj, it is a definite possibility, considering how the Lakers are going about their business right now.
"The Lakers now, in the way they've approached these trade talks, they're kind of showing their hand that they might be willing to just wait until next summer in free agency," Wojnarowski said. "They've not made an overwhelming offer. I don't think they've come close to meeting the threshold that the Spurs have."
You can watch Woj's full comments below:
Considering Leonard's health and contract situation, it isn't a surprise that teams haven't traded for him yet. Finding the right trade package that works for both sides is tough when he will just hit the open market next year anyway.
We'll see if there is any progress made today toward a potential deal.