By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
A new report suggests that the San Antonio Spurs won’t trade Kawhi Leonard unless he’s going out east. As reported by Chris Sheridan of GetMoreSports.com, Leonard won’t be traded to either of the Los Angeles teams or anywhere else in the Western Conference, if and when he is traded.
After a flurry of reports said last Friday that Leonard wants out of San Antonio, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski added that Los Angeles is his preferred destination, particularly the Lakers. Leonard grew up and went to high school in Riverside, California, about 60 miles east of L.A.
Sheridan, a veteran NBA writer who currently covers sports betting for GetMoreSports.com, has the Boston Celtics listed as the odds-on favorite (+200) to land Leonard in a potential trade. As you might expect, the Philadelphia 76ers (+300) are just behind the C’s, followed by Leonard staying put with the Spurs (+500).
Despite GetMoreSports.com’s status as a less-than-typical outlet for basketball trade rumors, Sheridan covered the NBA for ESPN and the Associated Press for over 20 years. He started his own website, SheridanHoops.com, which shut down operations in 2011 but still exists online. Sheridan notably reported in 2014 that LeBron James would be returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, which was announced two days later.
None of this means that the Celtics are definitely going to get Leonard, but it certainly improves their chances if the Spurs’ list of potential trade partners has been cut in half. Sheridan speculates that Terry Rozier could headline a package of players whom Danny Ainge would send to San Antonio, but the C’s would have to make the money work if a potential trade didn’t include one of their $20-plus million players.
Either way, the Leonard trade rumors just got a lot more intriguing on Causeway Street.
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