Philadelphia 76ers trade 39th pick to the Lakers for future second, cash

The former first round pick has been talked about as a potential trade chip between the Spurs and Lakers for Kawhi Leonard.

Clearly they'd rather not move on from inarguably one of the top five or so players in the National Basketball Association, and their current stance is completely reflective of that belief.

The Spurs will surely love the idea of a superstar-for-superstar trade.

The team will have to trade picks and/or stash some drafted players overseas from this draft.

He finished his lone season with Texas Tech with averages of 11.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.8 assists and shot a great 45.0 percent from deep nightly, albeit on very limited attempts, and 55.6 percent from the field overall.

Instead of gutting their roster for George, the Lakers took a patient approach to the season, giving their young players an opportunity to log extended playing time and come back for George in the summer, when he could be signed without losing players or draft picks.

After appearing in just eight games all season due to a quad injury, Kawhi Leonard has expressed a desire to leave the San Antonio Spurs and, you guessed it, the Lakers top the list of desired destinations. Popovich even suggested that Leonard might be better than LeBron James a year ago.

The NBA draft kicks off Thursday night.

According to ESPN, Leonard would prefer a trade to Los Angeles, with the Lakers being his preference over the Clippers.

According to Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports the hierarch San Antonio will at no stage start actively shopping the 2014 Finals MVP, but they will be prepared to listen to offers that teams bring to them. Whether or not the Spurs move that soon is unknown, but on one of the NBA's busiest nights of the year, how many calls will they take on their disgruntled star? The Lakers have a strong nucleus and trading for PG-13 previous year wouldn't have put them over the top. If that fails to happen, we could see an ugly situation arise between Leonard and the Spurs.

  • Steve Townsend