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Could The Clippers Possibly Trade For Kawhi Leonard?

NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets

[USA Today] - Consider the Los Angeles Clippers one of the many teams keeping tabs on the situation. The Clippers are planning a trade package if Leonard ultimately becomes available, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

This Kawhi Leonard situation is one of the more bizarre NBA stories in recent memory, especially when you consider the parties involved here. So, naturally with this happening trade rumors will start to pop up. This time it’s Sam Amick reporting that the Clippers would be working on a package to send to San Antonio to try and land Kawhi Leonard.

It obviously makes sense from the Clippers standpoint. They lost Chris Paul last offseason. They traded Blake Griffin this season. There’s a good chance they lose DeAndre Jordan this offseason. They are trying to rebuild without having to truly rebuild – consider it more a changing of the guard. Getting Kawhi Leonard, a top-10 player in the league gives you a young star to build around. It also brings Leonard home as he hails from the Los Angeles area and went to school at San Diego State.

So what could the Clippers offer? Well, they have two lottery picks in the upcoming draft. They are currently slated at No. 12 and No. 13. They would package those two picks along with someone possibly like Gallinari or Harris to make the money work.

Would it make sense from the Spurs side? Absolutely not. Unless this situation is really as out of control as it seems. If the Spurs and Leonard can’t seem to make up, then yes, they have to move on from him and this package could make sense. The Spurs need to get a younger core with guys like Murray and Kyle Anderson in the starting five. Getting two more lottery picks could give them that young core to build back up again, learning from the likes of LaMarcus Aldrdige and Rudy Gay. They could land someone like a Kevin Knox or Miles Bridges or a Robert Williams in those spots.

Leonard played in just nine games this year while dealing with that quad injury. He averaged just over 16 points per game in those nine games before all the drama started. It was reported from almost every outlet that Leonard was distant and disconnected from the team while reports also said the Spurs medical staff cleared him to play. Leonard is under contract through next season and then has a $21.3 million player option for the 2019-20 season.

This is absolutely worth keeping an eye on – not only for the Clippers but what other teams start to get rumored to be putting together packages for a possible trade.