FILE – OAKLAND, CA – OCTOBER 25: Kawhi Leonard #2 of a San Antonio Spurs goes to a basket opposite a Golden State Warriors during a diversion on Oct 25, 2016 during ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE around Getty Images)
Just how harm is Kawhi Leonard?
That’s a doubt a LA Lakers and a LA Clippers are asking, per a news by The LA Times’ Tania Ganguli.
Leonard, a two-time Defensive Player of a Year and one-time Finals MVP, is reportedly seeking a trade divided from a San Antonio Spurs, with an eye towards streamer home to Los Angeles, where he grew adult and played college hoops.
However, per Ganguli, conjunction a Lakers, nor a Clippers, are rushing to arrange any trade offers:
Neither a Lakers nor Clippers have had trade discussions with a Spurs, as both teams have concerns about a astringency of Leonard’s injury. He spent several months divided from a group while rehabbing, that led to open barbs from Spurs manager Gregg Popovich about Leonard’s deficiency — an surprising pierce for a Spurs.
While a Lakers are open to trade any actor on their roster, how most they are peaceful to give adult depends on their certainty in his health.
It’s also misleading if a Spurs would be peaceful to trade Leonard to a Lakers or any other team. If they are, other teams competence have some-more poignant resources to offer, generally given that a Lakers do not have a lottery collect this year. They will name 25th in subsequent week’s draft, a collect they got in a trade with Cleveland.
The Clippers have some-more to offer than a Lakers. They would be peaceful to emanate a package with brazen Tobias Harris and a 12th or 13th collect in this year’s draft, according to a source not certified to pronounce publicly.
In diversion one of a 2017 Western Conference Finals, Leonard harmed his ankle when he fell on a feet of Golden State Warriors core Zaza Pachulia. He unsuccessful to play a rest of a series, and a Spurs mislaid in a sweep.
Come a 2017-18 season, Leonard missed a initial 27 games of a new debate with what was described as a “right quadriceps injury.” He figured in 9 games, personification on a mins limitation and avoiding back-to-back outings, and put adult 16.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.0 blocks. He didn’t play past Jan 13, 2018 (Jan. 14, 2018, PHL time) though, due to a quadriceps damage flaring adult again. That led to a tragedy between Leonard and a Spurs, as group doctors had privileged him to play again, while Leonard opted for a second opinion, and later, serve rehab.