Rumor: Kawhi Leonard Not Interested In Joining LeBron On Lakers

San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard requested a trade last month - hoping to land with his hometown Los Angeles Lakers, but that may no longer be in the cards.

On the Back to Back podcast (h/t Bleacher Report), ESPN's Michael C. Wright, Leonard is now looking for a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers, and seemingly has no desire to team up with LeBron James - the Lakers newest recruit.

"The Lakers are not Kawhi's preferred destination anymore. He wants to go to the Clippers, Wright said. "Because he doesn't want to go and be second fiddle to LeBron. That's what I was told. I was told by somebody that would know. So right now the Clippers are where he wants to go."

Wright added that sources in the Spurs organization informed him that Leonard wants go to go to the Clippers, but one problem sticks out: They lack the assets to piece together a good package for the two-time Defensive Player of the Year.

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However, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier this week that Leonard's desire is to go to the Lakers. Certainly, the purple and gold would be able to piece together a better offer than the Clippers. James' new team has budding stars in Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, plus plenty of draft picks to spare.

The Spurs have made it clear they won't just trade Leonard, and that they will get a handful of assets in such a move. But for now, it looks like his services are coming down to the two L.A. teams.

Leonard is also slated to hit free agency in 2019, so whichever team trades for the All-Star will certainly look to sign an extension right away.


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