The 2018 NBA offseason could see movement of some of the best players in the league with LeBron James, Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins and others set to hit free agency. Like last summer, there may also be blockbuster trades that shift the landscape dramatically.
Kawhi Leonard of the Spurs has a chance to do the latter, but it does not sound like San Antonio is interested in picking up the phone quite yet. That's according to Ken Berger of Bleacher Report, who writes that many teams have "gotten the brush-off."
Leonard, 26, has appeared headed towards a potential split with the Spurs for months after a bizarre injury saga that kept him out for all but nine games during the regular season and all of their first round playoff series against the Warriors.
Whether it will ultimately reach the point of a breakup is unknown, as the Spurs reportedly hope head coach Gregg Popovich can broker a truce. If Leonard does become available, it will offer teams a unique opportunity to land a top-five NBA player in his prime.
There are some inherent risks in trading for Leonard, however. For one, he has the mystery quadriceps injury that no one really knows the severity of. Secondly, Leonard is only under contract for essentially one more year. He has a player option for the 2019-20 season worth $21.3 million that he is certain to decline in order to test free agency.
That's where things get messy. Not only is there speculation Leonard will want to sign with the Lakers, but he will likely command a ton of money. Any team trading for him would have to be willing to pay him a contract well north of $100 million, if they can re-sign him at all.
All of that should be kept in mind for Wizards fans dreaming of Leonard landing in D.C. And that's not to mention the price it would require to get Leonard. The Wizards have considerable trade assets, but landing a player the caliber of Leonard would likely involve a good portion of them.
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