Rumor: Spurs won’t trade Kawhi Leonard to Western Conference team

Kawhi Leonard reportedly no longer wants to play for the Spurs, and the league's strangest fallout has reached the next level

Spurs star Kawhi Leonard reportedly eyeing splashy move to Lakers

While there are some teams outside of Los Angeles that are interested in Leonard, it appears that the forward doesn't want to go anywhere except LA. This would also allow them to confirm that this is what Leonard truly wants (and not just the people in his inner circle).

Leonard can opt out of his current contract after next season and become a free agent. He hasn't asked the Spurs to trade him but would prefer to be traded to the Los Angles Lakers, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. They have reportedly made calls to the San Antonio Spurs about Kawhi Leonard. Last week, it was reported that Leonard "has grown uncomfortable with the Spurs organization" and that he is eyeing a trade to Los Angeles, preferably to the Lakers.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs fight for position during a game on March 27, 2017 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Lakers have Luol Deng under contract for two more seasons (at about $17.2 million for the just-completed season, and $18 million for next), but it is unlikely the Spurs would have any interest. Brandon Ingram could be the ideal replacement for Leonard in the wing, while Kyle Kuzma will be teaming up with LaMarcus Aldridge in the Spurs' frontcourt.

The Kings own the No. 2 pick in the draft, and USA Today's Sam Amick reported Sacramento was expected to pursue Leonard.

The difference in opinion is driven primarily by a recent report from Get More Sports' Chris Sheridan that suggested that San Antonio would not consider trading Leonard to a Western Conference peer. But they aren't going to let Leonard dictate his trade destination.

Maybe a three-team trade scenario exists in which dealing the No.8 pick, Kevin Love and other assets could give Cleveland Leonard.

As for James, he's spending time with family and mulling where he wants to play - next season and beyond.

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