“SixersWire-Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown wasn’t messing around when he said his team is going “star-hunting” this offseason.
With NBA free agency on the horizon, the Sixers have now made their interest in acquiring San Antonio Spurs disgruntled star Kawhi Leonard known. In an eye-opening story from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne, the trio reports that four teams have made offers for Leonard.
One of those teams is the Sixers.
“The Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers and LA Clippers are among teams who’ve made offers to the Spurs for Leonard, league sources said. The Lakers, the franchise that Leonard wants to be traded to, did not have a good initial conversation with the Spurs, ESPN reported recently.”
To follow up on that, the same report reveals that the Lakers feel like the Spurs “shut the door” on them.
It’s unknown exactly what any of the specific offers look like, but of the teams listed above, it’s hard to argue that the Sixers couldn’t create one of the most enticing packages of the bunch, along with the Celtics.
One of the original questions related to whether or not Philly would risk giving up solid players and future picks for Leonard with the risk that they may not re-sign him after next season. The 26-year-old star has just one year left on his current deal, and it’s been widely known that his current preference is to play in Los Angeles.
At this moment, it seems that the Sixers are indeed willing to take the risk and are squarely in the mix for Leonard.”
If I’m the Celtics or the 76ers, then there’s 0% chance that I’m trading for Kawhi. Kawhi has been extremely vocal about his desire to play in LA, especially for the Lakers. It doesn’t make too much sense to trade for Kawhi if you’re Boston or Philly, because you’d be giving up way too much for just one year of his use. Then after that, he’s leaving you in the dust and going out to the West Coast. There’s always that chance that you could trade for him and he signs an extension, but at this point I don’t see that happening.
It makes sense for Cleveland to make some offers for Kawhi as one last push to get their superstar, Lebron James, to re-sign. Even though we know that Lebron is basically good as gone.
It also makes sense for the Clippers to go after Kawhi. His preferred destination is LA, as we know, so why not try to get him before the Lakers do? If the Clippers are able to trade for him, then you’d have to imagine that they’d be able to get him to sign an extension.
I believe that Kawhi won’t be traded, and will instead play out his last season in San Antonio and then go to LA in the off-season in 2019. If Kawhi is traded, then I don’t think it’ll happen until the middle of the season, and he’ll ultimately be dealt to the Lakers for future draft picks and some of their younger role players.