Latest Kawhi Leonard trade rumors: Cleveland, Phoenix reportedly now in mix

Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs gets introduced into the starting lineup against the Sacramento Kings on November 16, 2016 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.

Kawhi Leonard next team odds: Where could the National Basketball Association star go next? There were multiple reports of friction between the player's camp and the team, which stumbled from 61 wins to just 47 in his absence. Bookmaker said the Cavs were third, behind the Spurs, while Bovada had the Cavs as the fifth-most likely (behind Boston, Philadelphia, and San Antonio).

Cleveland may have the least to offer for Leonard and that may be the best thing to happen to them.

According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, the small forward has grown frustrated with how the organization handled his injury and feels the team turned on him once he sought a second opinion. Ultimately, this trade could transform the Lakers into instant contenders in the Western Conference, if they can net LeBron and Paul George, and guys like Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, and Lonzo Ball continue to develop.

Leonard is due just over $20 million next season, and can become a free agent in the summer of 2019.

ESPN and Yahoo both reported Leonard's desire to move on from San Antonio on Friday, citing league sources.

Finally, Kawhi Leonard has told the San Antonio Spurs that he wants out of San Antonio and would prefer to go to the Lakers.

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Unless the Cleveland front office gets creative in an offer for Leonard, which must include the No. 8 overall pick, it's a hard task to pull off.

Assuming Leonard is fully recovered from the leg injury that forced him to miss nearly all of last season, he might be the flawless teammate to play alongside LeBron James.

Speculation that the Lakers would be the most suitable destination for LeBron James had already boosted expectations for the team.

"Neither the Lakers nor Clippers have had trade discussions with the Spurs, as both teams have concerns about the severity of Leonard's injury", Ganguli reported.

And the Lakers may either not have enough in trade assets to get the Spurs to send them Leonard, or if they do might decimate their stash of role players to the point where the impact of a James-Leonard-George union could be mitigated.

A potential trade package for Leonard could include a mix of any of the following players: Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow, and Bam Adebayo.

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