Pairing him with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid will definitely make the Sixers one of the top favorite teams to represent the Eastern Conference in the 2019 NBA Finals. Leonard has made it known that he is hellbent on signing in Los Angeles next season, but Paul George said that last summer before he was traded to the Thunder, too. Leonard played in only nine games in 2017-18, scoring 16.2 points a night, well below his average of 25.5 in 2016-17. "You don't want that dragging into the season".
"You can't guarantee me Kawhi is going to show up at your facility if you're Boston or Philadelphia and you train for him today". "So the Sixers will have to decide if they want to part with two more first-round picks or see if the Spurs will back off those demands". Leonard is reportedly not against re-signing with Philadelphia next off-season, but the same might not be said of other potential trade suitors - especially considering the Lakers are positioned to have ample cap room next summer when Leonard hits free agency. "Not all of them fit, but a lot of them do".
Despite their worsening relationship with Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs are still hoping that they can get valuable assets that could keep them competitive in the Western Conference. "If you have to give up a lot of stuff, you factor that in and take that into account". So we talk about this stuff endlessly and how to manage those risks.More news: Brett Kavanaugh visits Senate as confirmation fight begins
"If the right situation comes where we can acquire someone that can really add value to our program and the cost of it isn't prohibitive, then we'll move forward and do that". If that doesn't come along for whatever reason, we will keep moving forward with our program.
"I think even just based what we did this offseason, we are going to get better and move closer to our goal which is that National Basketball Association championship that we keep talking [about]".