Though Kawhi Leonard has reportedly let it be known he wants out of San Antonio and his preferred destination being the Los Angeles Lakers, it appears the path to that happening is anything but clear.
While the Lakers, sporting a young core of players and the most salary-cap room in the league, could be expected to put together a trade package constructed by president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka, they reportedly have concerns about Leonard’s health.
Leonard, regarded as perhaps the best two-way player in the NBA when healthy, as anything but last season. He played only nine games for the Spurs because of an injury to his right quadriceps.
Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reports not only the Lakers, but also the Los Angeles Clippers, have concerns about Leonard’s physical status and durability.
Neither the Lakers nor Clippers have had trade discussions with the Spurs, as both teams have concerns about the severity of Leonard’s injury.
Perhaps the Lakers would prefer to see how Leonard bounces back from the quadriceps injury next season. They could then be in position to sign him as an unrestricted free agent after the 2018-19 season.