Might a heal for Kawhi Leonard’s puzzling quad damage be found in Los Angeles subsequent year?
The stars competence be aligning for a All-Star tiny brazen to spin down a super-max prolongation with a Spurs this summer in sequence to pointer with a Lakers in a 2019 offseason.
The Lakers were once suspicion to be clearing space to go all-in for a free-agency splurge this summer with a likes of LeBron James, Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins approaching on a market, though have given sent out signals that they’re focused on 2019 instead — putting Leonard in a spotlight.
“That’s because [the Lakers] are spinning it into ‘wait compartment subsequent year,’” a Western Conference executive told Bleacher Report. “They know they can get Kawhi.”
The 26-year-old Leonard played all of 9 games this deteriorate while battling a quad damage that became a indicate of contention. He sought diagnosis outward of a group while a Spurs seemed to grow sleepy of wondering when he competence finally lapse — that he never did.
While Leonard is authorised to pointer a five-year, $219 million super-max prolongation this summer, a initial step competence be for both sides to correct a attribute — that a executive pronounced he doesn’t consider can be done.
“At a finish of a day, Kawhi wants out,” a executive said. “… There’s a moment in a ‘Spurs Way.’ The bottom line is, each group goes by it. And now they are.”
Spurs manager Gregg Popovich already has mended one star’s attribute with a group in LaMarcus Aldridge before this deteriorate started, though now could be tasked with doing a same for Leonard.
Rumors have widespread about a Spurs potentially trade Leonard to one of a handful of teams this summer, including a Knicks, Celtics and Cavaliers.