The San Antonio Spurs continue to be without star player Kawhi Leonard as the NBA Playoffs get underway. Leonard was nowhere to be found when the Spurs tipped off in the Game 1 loss against the Warriors on Saturday afternoon.
The future of Leonard in San Antonio is perhaps the NBA’s biggest storyline right now. No one really knows what to expect.
NBA front offices around the country are starting to believe that Leonard is going to be made available in a trade this summer. Some teams are starting to prepare for that.
One of those teams is apparently the Los Angeles Clippers, who are reportedly putting together a trade package for the All-NBA forward.
Consider the Los Angeles Clippers one of the many teams keeping tabs on the situation. The Clippers are planning a trade package if Leonard ultimately becomes available, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.
Landing Leonard – who grew up outside of Los Angeles in Moreno Valley, hails from San Diego State and is known to be a favorite of Clippers consultant Jerry West – would be well worth the hefty price it would take to get him. Maybe the Clippers offer their two first-round picks in this June’s draft, and whatever combination of other talent the Spurs want in return. And suddenly, they’re back in Western Conference contention again.
The Clippers would make a lot of sense if Leonard is indeed traded. Los Angeles would likely be a preferred destination for Leonard and the Clippers have the draft picks and young assets that could potentially be intriguing enough for the Spurs.