Rumor: Clippers Interested in Kawhi Leonard?

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Still, this is the kind of complicated team dynamic that so many rival teams hope leads to Leonard’s exit.

Consider the Los Angeles Clippers one of the many teams keeping tabs on the situation. The Clippers are planning a trade package if Leonard ultimately becomes available, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Landing Leonard �" who grew up outside of Los Angeles in Moreno Valley, hails from San Diego State and is known to be a favorite of Clippers consultant Jerry West �" would be well worth the hefty price it would take to get him. Maybe the Clippers offer their two first-round picks in this June’s draft, and whatever combination of other talent the Spurs want in return. And suddenly, they’re back in Western Conference contention again.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/n ... 517797002/

San Antonio's patience with Leonard seems to be wearing thin- could the Clippers be a player in the potential Kawhi sweepstakes?


jarca
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Spurs fans I’ve talked to believe Kawhi’s Dad wants him to be a lakers. But I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we could work out a deal to acquire him without losing Tobias.


clipperboy24
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jarca wrote:
Spurs fans I’ve talked to believe Kawhi’s Dad wants him to be a lakers. But I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we could work out a deal to acquire him without losing Tobias.

Would that make this the most fun season ever? Sorry I couldn’t help myself.

Yeah, this would be an awesome pickup, maybe somehow we could trade Deandre along with our draft picks, him and Lamarcus would be a pretty good match.

If Kawhi isn’t seriously injured let’s do it!


slestack11
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If the Clippers can figure a way out to get Kawhi Leonard, I will not be disappointed that I renewed my season tickets. The best case scenario would be if they could sign and trade Deandre plus Austin Rivers and just one of the first round picks. But it's likely they will want both picks and Tobias Harris and probably Avery Bradley in a sign and trade.


Clippers(AUS)
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Trade Austin,Gallo, Dekker and our higher first round pick for Kawhi and Forbes


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jarca wrote:
Spurs fans I’ve talked to believe Kawhi’s Dad wants him to be a lakers. But I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we could work out a deal to acquire him without losing Tobias.

I spoke to Lakers fans last night and they said they know nothing about it. Not that kawhi has a dad, but that his dad wants him to be a Laker. Rumor has it that Lavar Ball knows the truth. Smile


Clemenza
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Long as we keep one of the first rounders. Gotta vet his injury and his mindstate first before pulling the trigger. A healthy Kawhi on the Clipps would be a godsend.


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clipper*joe wrote:
I spoke to Lakers fans last night and they said they know nothing about it. Not that kawhi has a dad, but that his dad wants him to be a Laker. Rumor has it that Lavar Ball knows the truth. Smile

Kawhi's dad was killed when he was a teenager. His uncle, Dennis Robertson, is the guy guiding his career. The speculation is that the uncle is the one who held Kawhi out from playing with the Spurs this season.


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ClipperSisyphus wrote:
Kawhi's dad was killed when he was a teenager. His uncle, Dennis Robertson, is the guy guiding his career. The speculation is that the uncle is the one who held Kawhi out from playing with the Spurs this season.

Didn't know that. Good to know.


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Clemenza wrote:
Long as we keep one of the first rounders. Gotta vet his injury and his mindstate first before pulling the trigger. A healthy Kawhi on the Clipps would be a godsend.

Agreed. if we can get Leonard with just one pick,and some other pieces, pull the trigger.


CLIPSET
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2 first rounders, Gallo, Thornwell for Kawhi.

With Kawhi onboard, The Logo works his magic to sign PG13

Beverly, PG13, Kawhi, Trez, DJ


jarca
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1 lottery pick DJ n Gallo n rivers for Kawhi! Make it happen west


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CLIPSET wrote:
2 first rounders, Gallo, Thornwell for Kawhi.

With Kawhi onboard, The Logo works his magic to sign PG13

Beverly, PG13, Kawhi, Trez, DJ

So where Tobias go


jarca
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So where Tobias go

Maybe PG goes to the 2 spot since he has better foot speed and lateral movement. Kawhi can also guard the two spot remember POP used to put him on Reddick. Tobias can switch from 3-4 depending on the match up


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Clippers(AUS) wrote:
Trade Austin,Gallo, Dekker and our higher first round pick for Kawhi and Forbes

And we can also throw in DJ for pocket change. lol.


clippyclip
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Would love to see a lineup of Milos, Ty, Kawhi, Tobias, Trezl. Trade Dekker, Gallo, one of this year's picks, and a future first for Kawhi. That's probably not good enough of a package, but what I'd like to see haha.


bballman
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If Kawhi wants to come here and he makes it known, it will only take DJ and 1st rounder to make it happen. Remember what happened when Dwight Howard got traded? Orlando barely got anything in return.


bballman
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Of course, in hindsight, Orlando got the best of the 3 teams but the package they received was not nearly what D12 was worth at the time of the trade.


clippyclip
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Well, that's assuming DJ agrees to a sign and trade, and I think Buford is a little more shrewd than that.


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bballman wrote:
If Kawhi wants to come here and he makes it known, it will only take DJ and 1st rounder to make it happen. Remember what happened when Dwight Howard got traded? Orlando barely got anything in return.

If DJ will agree like what CP did i think that would work but as far as I know DJ has option to opt out and how about Kawhi contract is it also expiring. I mean if it is, then both of them I think should agree so that both team will not get an "EGG". I think DJ and Kawhi's salary just match.


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Spurs are NOT going to take DJ even if both lottery picks are available. They're not going to tie up half their salary cap on DJ and Aldridge. They had a chance to take him outright and never looked his way. They took Aldridge instead. We're going to have to give up Harris and at least one lotto pick. I was thinking of a sign & trade with Bradley and a pick/players but I don't think you can add anything to a sign and trade.Not sure about that but Bradley is a player we know the Spurs want/wanted.


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I have no knowledge on trades or salaries but I think getting Kawhi would help the Clippers tremendously. I would not give up Tobias, Harrell or Lou Williams. Thornwell is a rookie who is aggressieve, fearless, attacks the basket and is only going to get better. I would keep him. Gallo, Dekker and DJ would be a good exchange. Have no idea what happens to Austin if Doc gets the boot (I think he needs to go). Perhaps CP will return if we get a new coach.

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clipperboy24
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Well I think the writers on clipperholics are delusional with the possible trade packages for Kawhi:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/clipperhol ... onard/amp/


Snafu
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I'm wary that Kawhi's injury may have lasting effects on his performance. Clippers must be careful they don't add another injury case to the roster. The Spurs are in a good spot. If they know they won't keep Kawhi now they can get good compensation. We become the Pistons in this situation.


bballman
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clipperboy24 wrote:
Well I think the writers on clipperholics are delusional with the possible trade packages for Kawhi:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/clipperhol ... onard/amp/

this is not as delusional as you think. If, and this is a big if Kawhi does want to come here, he can make that trade happen. We are all hoping he wants to come. If he really does and lets it be known, other teams will not offer much as they will have no assurance he will re-sign or even play for them. Again, this is all hypothetical.


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bballman wrote:
this is not as delusional as you think. If, and this is a big if Kawhi does want to come here, he can make that trade happen. We are all hoping he wants to come. If he really does and lets it be known, other teams will not offer much as they will have no assurance he will re-sign or even play for them. Again, this is all hypothetical.

But what in God’s green earth would make Kawhi want to play for the clippers that badly? Especially when he can just go to the lakers.


bballman
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But what in God’s green earth would make Kawhi want to play for the clippers that badly? Especially when he can just go to the lakers.
Again, hypothetical.


clipperboy24
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bballman wrote:
this is not as delusional as you think. If, and this is a big if Kawhi does want to come here, he can make that trade happen. We are all hoping he wants to come. If he really does and lets it be known, other teams will not offer much as they will have no assurance he will re-sign or even play for them. Again, this is all hypothetical.

Deandre is on the back end of his career and might not be wanted at all by the Spurs. Kawhi is definitely worth more than a late lottery pick, especially if we are trading Gallo like the other trade offers.

Just to put it in perspective pundits are saying the Celtics would probably have to trade Tatum or Brown and another vet and a 1st rounder.


bballman
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clipperboy24 wrote:
Deandre is on the back end of his career and might not be wanted at all by the Spurs. Kawhi is definitely worth more than a late lottery pick, especially if we are trading Gallo like the other trade offers.

Just to put it in perspective pundits are saying the Celtics would probably have to trade Tatum or Brown and another vet and a 1st rounder.

Key words are if he wants to come here. That would be the only reason Clips would even have the chance of getting him. If he says he wants to go to Boston, they would offer even less than what you've mentioned.


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bballman wrote:
Key words are if he wants to come here. That would be the only reason Clips would even have the chance of getting him. If he says he wants to go to Boston, they would offer even less than tmwhat you've mentioned.

With superstar players teams are usually willing to take a risk they can resign him.


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ClipperPostman wrote:
But what in God’s green earth would make Kawhi want to play for the clippers that badly? Especially when he can just go to the lakers.

Kawhi Leonard is under contract for at least 1 more season. Whether or not he gets traded here is dependent on whether or not the Clippers are able to put together the most beneficial trade package for the Spurs and their future. I honestly think Boston has the most to offer San Antonio, at this point, but we're a close second.


bballman
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ClipperPostman wrote:
But what in God’s green earth would make Kawhi want to play for the clippers that badly? Especially when he can just go to the lakers.
Why is it that people always assume everyone wants to go to the Lakers. Only true superstar in their prime I have seen in my lifetime who signed as a free agent with the Lakers is Shaq.


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bballman wrote:
Why is it that people always assume everyone wants to go to the Lakers. Only true superstar in their prime I have seen in my lifetime who signed as a free agent with the Lakers is Shaq.

Dwight Howard, Kareem, Kobe resigned, Pau resigned.

So yea, some really good players signed with lakers. How many super stars are in the league at anytime? How many leave their teams in there prime? Not many because the team they are on can offer more money.

So yea, most players would rather go to lakers Han clippers.


Griffinforpresident
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ClipperPostman wrote:
Dwight Howard, Kareem, Kobe resigned, Pau resigned.

So yea, some really good players signed with lakers. How many super stars are in the league at anytime? How many leave their teams in there prime? Not many because the team they are on can offer more money.

So yea, most players would rather go to lakers Han clippers.

All these players got traded to the lakers except Kobe. None were free agents. Dwight left after one year. Kareem had Magic plus won a few titles (who would leave that?). Kobe wanted to be “the man” after they traded Shaq. Pau won a couple of titles.

It’s basically what you’ve done lately that get these players to resign.


bballman
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ClipperPostman wrote:
Dwight Howard, Kareem, Kobe resigned, Pau resigned.

So yea, some really good players signed with lakers. How many super stars are in the league at anytime? How many leave their teams in there prime? Not many because the team they are on can offer more money.

So yea, most players would rather go to lakers Han clippers.

As a free agent. That is the main point. Only Shaq left his team to sign with the Lakers.


bballman
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So yea, most players would rather go to lakers Han clippers.

And yet, no one has except for Shaq, which is what I said.


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But what in God’s green earth would make Kawhi want to play for the clippers that badly? Especially when he can just go to the lakers.

Do the Lakers still sell out? How many LAL "Fans" from 5 years ago even know the player's names? None know Jerry West. Kobe was almost a Clipper. He had the contract. Don't forget, D12 did not want to go to LAL and play with Kobe. With no evidence, I bet that he would have been our #3 in the Big Three. I read that it was his punishment to go to LAL for being an as*hole. Kobe was almost a Bull. He had the contract. He called LAL's bluff.

LAL is a mess. If BG had panned out,and we didn't choke, nobody would know who LAL is. As far as LAC, we have Jerry West and a no BS owner. Even with our injuries, we made a silk purse ---. Pippen mentioned the importance of being THE marquee player on a team. Kawai may not even get his jersey retired on the Lakers. And an Clipper it's his team and his franchise like CP (win a ring). His would be the first jersey retired. Which LAL is worth runny diarrhea? It's a fun place to live although there is something to say for Texas girls with big hair, too much make up and too much plastic.

We will have to get one more mega star or he won't come here. We have to be able to beat SAS. and the only good things we have are Harris, maybe Lou and picks. Mostly picks. Who wants Gallo, Wes or even DJ for a lot of money? Austin may be worth something


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bballman wrote:
As a free agent. That is the main point. Only Shaq left his team to sign with the Lakers.

How many superstar free agents have the clippers signed? Point makes no sense. Lakers are a prestine franchise. In fact one of the most valuable in all of sports. You become the face of the lakers your endorsement money goes through the roof.

What "superstars" have they gone after? The last superstar to leave in free agency was Durant. Before him Lebron. It doesn't happen often. Which is why I guess I don't get your point...


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How many superstar free agents have the clippers signed? Point makes no sense. Lakers are a prestine franchise. In fact one of the most valuable in all of sports. You become the face of the lakers your endorsement money goes through the roof.

What "superstars" have they gone after? The last superstar to leave in free agency was Durant. Before him Lebron. It doesn't happen often. Which is why I guess I don't get your point...

Whatever man. BTW, Lakers have gone after all of them. LeBron, Durant, even Greg Monroe turned them down to join the Bucks. You said why would anyone join the Clips when they can join the Lakers?

My point is that it is not that simple. Lakers don't always get their guy. I also said "hypothetically", if he wanted to come here, it can be done. I never said he would pick Clips over Lakers. It's just not automatic that every single free agent would pick Lakers over Clippers. At one point, PG wanted the Clippers to draft him because he said he grew up a Clippers fan. Anyway, you can believe what you want to believe.


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Would I go for the present LAC over LAL? In a heartbeat just for West and Ballmer. It's really who else can afford him and give him what he want$. With a new coach, clean up the rough edges and get another star and let Leonard have a say in coaching etc.a la CP3 (Chris, break Steph's ankles). I doubt LAL would do that. Because somebody hasn't come here as a FA doesn't mean they won't. Our problem recently was cap space not problems with the team. WE ARE NOT BOOGER EATERS ANYMORE! LAL reminds me of an old ho*ker. She talks the talk but most guys will walk once they take a good look.


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toohipcliptoslip wrote:
Would I go for the present LAC over LAL? In a heartbeat just for West and Ballmer. It's really who else can afford him and give him what he want$. With a new coach, clean up the rough edges and get another star and let Leonard have a say in coaching etc.a la CP3 (Chris, break Steph's ankles). I doubt LAL would do that. Because somebody hasn't come here as a FA doesn't mean they won't. Our problem recently was cap space not problems with the team. WE ARE NOT BOOGER EATERS ANYMORE! LAL reminds me of an old ho*ker. She talks the talk but most guys will walk once they take a good look.
Very well put.


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toohipcliptoslip wrote:
Would I go for the present LAC over LAL? In a heartbeat just for West and Ballmer. It's really who else can afford him and give him what he want$. With a new coach, clean up the rough edges and get another star and let Leonard have a say in coaching etc.a la CP3 (Chris, break Steph's ankles). I doubt LAL would do that. Because somebody hasn't come here as a FA doesn't mean they won't. Our problem recently was cap space not problems with the team. WE ARE NOT BOOGER EATERS ANYMORE! LAL reminds me of an old ho*ker. She talks the talk but most guys will walk once they take a good look.

Agreed.


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I would trade anybody for kawhi... I think the only way it works tho is if they take DJ cause why would they want Tobias when they have aldridge? And the only way DJ works is if we take back a bad contract like Danny Green too. I'm all for any scenario that gets kawhi tho


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KP wrote:
I would trade anybody for kawhi... I think the only way it works tho is if they take DJ cause why would they want Tobias when they have aldridge? And the only way DJ works is if we take back a bad contract like Danny Green too. I'm all for any scenario that gets kawhi tho

DJ (opted in for next year) for Kawhi straight-up works just fine right now. We can throw in draft picks with it, but the money works fine. It's +/- 15%, and Kawhi has a 15% trade kicker. The numbers work almost perfect. You can check ESPN trade machine to verify if you like.


toohipcliptoslip
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I would fit in Pop's system before DJ does. Does DJ have the type of personality (read character) Pop wants?


KP
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Mistwell3 wrote:
DJ (opted in for next year) for Kawhi straight-up works just fine right now. We can throw in draft picks with it, but the money works fine. It's +/- 15%, and Kawhi has a 15% trade kicker. The numbers work almost perfect. You can check ESPN trade machine to verify if you like.

I believe you, what I'm saying is I don't the spurs would do it unless we sweeten the deal by letting the unload a bad contract which means we'd have to throw in another player, probably Avery Bradley


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Give them Austin, Evans, Draft pick,DJ for Kawhi and a bad contract. DJ may not fit long term but he is an expiring contract. They can trade him later or cut him loose after the season. Same with Austin. That's 36 million off the books, I believe.


bballman
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KP wrote:
I believe you, what I'm saying is I don't the spurs would do it unless we sweeten the deal by letting the unload a bad contract which means we'd have to throw in another player, probably Avery Bradley
Could be wrong but I don't think you can add a sign and trade player to a bigger deal. Avery Bradley will have to be signed and traded since he is an unrestricted free agent. He would have to be traded in a separate deal.


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toohipcliptoslip wrote:
I would fit in Pop's system before DJ does. Does DJ have the type of personality (read character) Pop wants?

Pop and the Spurs got extremely lucky with superstar 'yes men' types like Duncan, David Robinson, Ginobli, and Parker. Those types might be done away with in this day and age. Rough year for him, he just lost his wife(may she RIP), the Kwahi situation, about to be swept in the playoffs, etc. Does he take some time off or no? They were kinda long overdue for a star or two to not be fully onboard with everything they do. Every team has gone through this except the the Spurs.


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If we part with what it would require to get Leonard, we would be right back to terminal mediocrity. We wouldn't have the money or the picks to put enough around him to make it work.

We need to rebuild with youth for another year or two and then make our move to add the big piece of the puzzle, after we have good talent on cheap contracts, so we can afford to add a big name. Boston did it right.


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