Denver Nuggets: Three possible trades for Kawhi Leonard

Denver Nuggets: Three possible trades for Kawhi Leonard

The Cavs get Leonard in a trade and convince James to stay for at least one more year.

Trade rumors have been running rampant ever since it was revealed Leonard didn't want to play in San Antonio anymore, with a host of teams in contention for the two-time All-Star's services. Leonard has reportedly requested a trade from the Spurs and his preferred destination is to the Los Angeles Lakers.

In addition to the Lakers, the Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers are among some of the other teams who have initially been raised as being legitimate contenders for his services.

The Kawhi Leonard-San Antonio Spurs saga has been well documented.

With the NBA Draft approaching on Thursday, trade talks surrounding Leonard are likely going to heat up. With the draft under a week away and one of the league's five best players on the market, the National Basketball Association hot stove is going to heat up. If Leonard chooses to leave for the end of that season, and James chooses to explore elsewhere, then Cleveland can shift straight into a rebuild. At the same time, if the Cavaliers have that same mindset about the 2X Defensive Player of the Year, then they'll also shy away and let Leonard hit the open market next summer. They also targeted Carmelo Anthony that summer, in an attempt to team him up with James. As for last season, he only appeared in nine games because of a quad injury, averaging 16.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.0 steals per game. But for that to happen, the Lakers would have to trade someone of value. Sheridan speculates that Terry Rozier could headline a package of players whom Danny Ainge would send to San Antonio, but the C's would have to make the money work if a potential trade didn't include one of their $20-plus million players.

Is it the right move for the Kings to go after him? If Leonard was perfectly healthy and had no concerns surrounding him, the asking price for him could be young talent plus several first-round picks.

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