The Spurs don't have to trade Leonard, and they may not want to send him to a Western Conference team.
The 26-year-old only played nine games last season while dealing with a quadriceps injury.
LeBron James can return to free agency by opting out of the final year of his contract in the next two weeks.
So while Spurs fans and us in the media may be on the edge of our seats waiting for a trade announcement involving Leonard and the Spurs, we could get a repeat of what happened previous year, with no news. Kevin Love, who will make $24.1M next season with a player option close to $25.6M for 2019/20, would be useful for salary-matching purposes, but San Antonio seems more interested in acquiring young talent than an established player like Love.
On that note, Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times has reported the Clippers are willing to offer a trade package involving forward Tobias Harris and either the No. 12 or No. 13 pick in this week's draft.
The Spurs were reduced to giving only cryptic answers about Leonard's status. Leonard, after hearing the news, cancelled the meeting he had scheduled with San Antonio and then requested a trade. "If something happens relative to the draft, it's going to be because they heard something directly from [Leonard] and not the things that we've heard [in various reports]". Leonard has never played a full 82 games. It may limit the number of offers the Spurs can choose from, unless a team wants to take a risk on having Leonard as a one-year rental.
The flight riskThe severity of Kawhi Leonard's injury remains unknown. They might not have the glamor of Los Angeles or the enticing treasure trove of assets like the Celtics.
The Spurs' front office and Leonard's representatives have been in communication since the season ended, and Leonard has been in contact with coach Gregg Popovich, league sources said. If Pop and Engelland can't turn Fultz around, one could argue that nobody could.
Pluto adds that teams are trying to learn more about Kawhi's health before making a move.