Considering Leonard's preferred destination is reportedly the Lakers, let's start with them.
Leonard's future with the Spurs is now unclear after a freakish year that saw him make just nine appearances under Gregg Popovich due to a mystery quadriceps injury. The source suggested that the Spurs' decision to make public that Leonard was cleared to play essentially "hung him out to dry". Wojnarowski previously reported in January that Leonard was unhappy with the way the Spurs were handling his injury. Leonard is eligible for a supermax contract extension this offseason that he can only sign with the Spurs. Leonard graduated from King High School in Riverside and had two standout seasons at San Diego State before the Spurs drafted him 15th overall in the 2011 draft. Those who predicted Leonard would leave San Antonio have mentioned the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics as frontrunners likely to acquire Leonard.
LeBron James is clearly the top available player on the market, when he hits free agency.
The Spurs are the only team that can offer Leonard the five-year, $219-million deal. The report also indicates that Leonard has not told the organization directly that he wants to be traded or he wants out of San Antonio.
As the draft nears, the Lakers are continuing to visit with prospects who they may consider with the 25th pick, which was obtained from the Cleveland Cavaliers in the deal that brought Isaiah Thomas to Los Angeles in February. Though, with Friday's news that Leonard wants out, it brought up the "Did they ever meet?" question, and, if so, how did it result? One thing the Clippers do have at their disposal is multiple lottery picks in next week's draft.
Mark Jackson says if the Lakers can get Kawhi Leonard ANYONE has to be on the trading block. and that means any of their young stars. including Lonzo Ball. No other team can offer Leonard the contract.
There were signs of strain in the relationship this past season while Leonard was sidelined.