Report: Phoenix Suns are another team worth watching for Kawhi Leonard

The Phoenix Suns are one of the teams worth watching when the San Antonio Spurs begin making trade calls about Kawhi Leonard this offseason.

Odds on what team Kawhi Leonard will be on next season (Bookmaker):

Lakers -180
Spurs +500
Clippers +1000
Cavaliers +1000
Celtics +1200
76ers +1500
Suns +2000
Bucks +2500
Field +500

— OddsShark (@OddsShark) June 15, 2018

They’re not one of the leading candidates, but they could be considered a legitimate sleeper to land the 2014 NBA Finals MVP. Kevin O’Connor wrote about why the Suns could be interested in Leonard (via The Ringer):

“Several league sources told me they anticipate Suns general manager Ryan McDonough to probe a Leonard deal using the No. 1 pick. Phoenix explored Kyrie Irving trades last summer but was reluctant to deal Josh Jackson, whom they selected with the fourth overall pick. Leonard is better than Irving, so perhaps it’s time for the Suns to strike now, when

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has had no known draft workouts thus far

Former Kentucky star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander could be one of the top point guards selected in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Scouts and executives are enamored with his size and length. He stands at 6-foot-6 and his wingspan is over 6-foot-11 — which makes him a potential defensive specialist. He measured well at the combine, but did not do any physical testing.

Some teams have not been able to bring him in for a workout, according to Adrian Wojnarowski (via ESPN):

“I do think [he] goes in this lottery. Teams haven’t seen him in [a] workout setting for the most part. I’m not sure he’s worked out for anybody. But that competition among those guards is going to be fascinating.”

The Orlando Magic (No. 6), Cleveland Cavaliers (No. 8), New York Knicks (No. 9), Charlotte Hornets (No. 11), Los Angeles Clippers (No. 12 and No. 13) and Phoenix Suns (No. 16) are the teams with

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Six potential trade destinations for Kawhi Leonard

On June 15, a single tweet by the San Antonio Express-News’ Jabari Young sent the basketball world into a tizzy. It read:

And here we go… sources tell @ExpressNews that Kawhi Leonard wants to be traded from #Spurs … more to come…

— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) June 15, 2018

That tweet was soon confirmed by some of the biggest names in NBA reporting: Kawhi Leonard had indeed requested a trade from the San Antonio Spurs. Then came other reports, mentioning different suitors who believe they have a chance to land the two-time All-Star.

Because Leonard only has one year left on his deal and is coming off a quad injury that forced him to miss almost all of the 2017-18 season, it’s a bit tricky to get a good read on his market.

Will teams still be willing to shell out a king’s ransom in order to land him, despite these

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Spurs learned of Kawhi Leonard’s trade demand via social media

According to reports, the San Antonio Spurs found out that Kawhi Leonard decided to leave the team the same way that fans did.

Video Essay on Kawhi Leonard’s past year with the San Antonio Spurs culminating in his desire for trade. pic.twitter.com/zVevSXb8Qu

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 15, 2018

Leonard, 26, was rumored to be unhappy with his situation for most of the season, so news that he wanted out of the organization was hardly a surprise when it broke early on Friday morning.

But according to Sam Amick, the front office for the Spurs did not hear this directly from Leonard or his camp (via USA TODAY):

“Also hearing the Spurs have not received this memo from Kawhi. A sign of the divide that his camp chose to take it to the social media streets first.”

ESPN’s Michael C. Wright also added that a high-ranking

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