With San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard reportedly wanting a trade from the Spurs, we take a look at the Cavs potential trade packages. While Leonard does prefer LA, the Spurs are not obligated to meet his demands. We busted out the always-trusted ESPN Trade Machine, so you know these are realistic:
Option 1: This deal is simple. When Leonard was originally traded on draft night in 2011, he went from the Pacers to the Spurs for then third year point guard George Hill. It worked once, so lets try it again! Also, the trade machine says that this trade is better for the Spurs than the Cavs, so the machine clearly didn’t watch the finals.
Option 2: In our second option, The Spurs would get Nicola Mirotic, Solomon Hill AND the #8 pick in this year’s NBA draft, the Pelicans add Kevin Love, George Hill and Dejounte Murray and the Cavs would add Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard and DeAndre Liggins. The Spurs make out with a King’s Ransom here, adding a versatile European big who can shoot, a high pick in the draft and a role player. New Orleans adds a vary capable scoring big to replace Davis. Should the Pels resign Boogie Cousins, Love’s outside shooting could help space the floor. They also add 2 point guards since Rajon Rondo’s contract is expiring. The Cavs would take on Davis’s contract, add Leonard and bring home former Cavalier legend DeAndre Liggins, a defensive minded guard who could play a Delly-like role for the Cavs.
Option 3: The Spurs would add Tristan Thomson, Al-Farouq Aminu AND the Cavs’ #8 pick, Portland nets Kevin Love and Jordan Clarkson while the Cavs end up with CJ McCollum, Kawhi Leonard and Dejounte Murray. Portland seems to be the clear winner of this trade, bringing Kevin Love back home to the pacific northwest while adding Jordan Clarkson to take over for McCollum. The Spurs add Thompson, Aminu and the draft pick, while the Cavs get Leonard, Murray and the chance to bring McCollum back to northeast Ohio. This trade represents a homecoming of sorts for both McCollum and Love, not to mention Thompson played his college ball in Texas. Heartwarming stuff.
Option 4: This may the most ambitious option of the 4. Cleveland adds Bradley Beal, Karl-Anthony Towns and Leonard. San Antonio adds Thompson, Gibson AND The #8 pick, Washington adds Korver, Mills AND San Antonio’s #18 pick and Minnesota gets Jordan Clarkson, JR Smith AND Washington’s #44 pick. Minnesota is stuck with Tom Thibobeau, who’s system doesn’t work (as evident by his tenure with the Bulls and this year’s season). Bringing Clarkson and Smith, players who have no regard for the coaches game plan, could be the offensive shot in the arm the T-wolves need. They also get a pick. Washington adds a first rounder and Kyle Korver, who is clearly not going to threaten John Wall’s status as the alpha. Patty Mills will bring some playoff experience. San Antonio adds the pick, Thompson and Taj Gibson, who seems like a guy Gregg Popovich would like. The Cavs add Leonard, Beal and Towns, who can provide a nice inside presence.
Again, these were all ran through ESPN’s NBA Trade Machine, so they all would work. If they wouldn’t it would tell us. Balls in your court, Koby Altman.