"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", Sixers co-managing partner Josh Harris said.
Leonard is a former NBA Finals MVP, winning the award at age 22 when the Spurs defeated LeBron's Miami Heat team in the 2015 Finals. LeBron James, as many expected, closed his latest Cleveland chapter and took his talents to Hollywood with the Los Angeles Lakers.
It's looking like Leonard is going to be on the Spurs for a while longer, at least.
The Clippers now do not have the assets for an enticing package but one team in the East which does is the Sixers, who the Spurs are in discussions with.
According to a Western Conference executive that spoke to The Undefeated, everyone is indeed waiting on a Leonard trade.
Concern about Leonard's injury status and his impending interest in remaining in another National Basketball Association city different than Los Angeles have been reasons that have kept front offices from stepping up their offers, unwilling to give up any valuable assets in trade talks with the Spurs. Meanwhile, other teams who can put together a competitive trade package, like the Boston Celtics, are rumoured to be happier holding onto their assets for now. These include a previous report from GetMoreSports that suggested DeRozan could possibly head to the Los Angeles Lakers and play for his hometown team, though Complex noted that he recently shut down a Lakers fan who had approached him and asked him to play for the team.
10 days into the NBA's New Year, the San Antonio Spurs have yet to trade Kawhi Leonard. However, the Spurs want two players - again, believed to be Saric and Covington - and three future first-round picks. While he is truly one of the best players in the league today, he only featured in nine games last season due to a quadriceps injury, having last played in January.