Kawhi Leonard Rumors: New Team ‘Generating Buzz’ As Potential Destination

USA Basketball is Going to Get Awkward Gregg Popovich is Coaching Kawhi Leonard is on the Roster

While there are restricted free agents still available, the biggest names in free agency have found homes. Kawhi Leonard is still a San Antonio Spur... for now. Brett Brown, Gregg Popovich's longtime assistant, now runs the Sixers, and Philadelphia is in the Eastern Conference, which appeals much more to the Spurs.

The Leonard-Spurs saga has seemingly lingered for months now. Los Angeles is not going to do that.

Talks so far have been exploratory, and the Spurs have been reportedly underwhelmed with "flat-out unacceptable" offers from interested teams. It's expanded a surprisingly small list of potential trade destinations to include possible front-runner Philadelphia, as well as a new team that could be entering the mix.

The San Antonio Spurs seem like they are in no rush to trade Kawhi Leonard now that the NBA Draft has come and gone, but that could simply be a matter of optics.

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With LeBron James leaving the Eastern Conference, there is speculation that Masai Ujiri could be inclined to make a bold win-now trade of the magnitude of acquiring Leonard.

Over the past few weeks, many an National Basketball Association player had found a new home via free agency or trade, with LeBron James headed to the Los Angeles Lakers, DeMarcus Cousins set to join the Golden State Warriors and their lineup of All-Stars, and Dwight Howard moving once again and becoming a Washington Wizard. While shipping out DeRozan or Lowry in addition to other pieces likely would get a deal done, it would also leave Toronto in a jam, as Leonard wouldn't have a strong enough supporting cast to compete for an Eastern Conference title.

Leonard has one year remaining on his five-year, $94.3 million contract signed prior to the 2015-16 season.



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