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The Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs continue to have dialogue regarding a Kawhi Leonard trade and, as expected, the Spurs are asking for a grand offer in return for the two-time Defensive Player of the Year.
According to salary cap expert Larry Coon, who is very plugged in with NBA circles, the Spurs are basically asking the Lakers to give up everything at their disposal in exchange for Leonard.
“From what I hear they’re asking for a lot,” Coon said. “My sources are saying Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma, two firsts and two pick swaps. They’re just saying give us everything.”
The LA times reported last week that the Lakers haven’t offered Ingram in any proposed deals yet. In 59 games this past season, Ingram averaged 16.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists, shooting 47.0 percent from the field and 39.0 percent on 3-pointers.
The Lakers are operating under the impression that if they can’t acquire Leonard this summer, he will just sign with them when he becomes a free agent in 2019. But LA should be careful with that logic, as Paul George was once thought to be a lock to be a Laker and now he’s in Oklahoma City for the long-haul after re-signing with the Thunder on a four-year deal.
The San Antonio Express news is reporting if Leonard is traded to the Los Angeles Clippers or Philadelphia 76ers, he would have interest in staying there long-term.
The Spurs are in no rush to trade Leonard but ready to move on from him, as Leonard told Gregg Popovich during their meeting in San Diego he wants out and nothing can change his mind to stay in San Antonio.