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According to National Basketball Association reporter Chris Sheridan, there is a "0 percent chance" Gregg Popovich and the Spurs will entertain the idea of trading Leonard to the Los Angeles Lakers or any other Western Conference team.

A few obstacles stand in the way of Cleveland pulling off a deal for Leonard.

While LeBron James and Paul George have been the most talked about superstars, a new name has seriously entered the fray in Kawhi Leonard. Instead, they will certainly try to meet with Leonard first - either in an attempt to resolve this conflict or, at the very least, confirm this is how he feels.

Leonard appeared in just nine games for the Spurs last season while dealing with a thigh injury and reportedly had a tense relationship with the team.

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We're unlikely to see a development on the Kawhi situation in the near future but it's definitely one of the most intriguing narratives of the offseason already.

The two-time Defensive Player of the Year has now made it clear that he wants to depart Texas and play his basketball elsewhere. Pluto points to five-time all-star Kevin Love as being good trade bait in general, but doesn't think a one-for-one deal of Love/Leonard would interest the Spurs much.

Why not: Salary would eventually become an issue, as it'd be rather hard to pay all four All-Stars max, or near-max, salary when Irving and Leonard become free agents next year. Leonard grew up and went to high school in Riverside, California, about 60 miles east of L.A. He is going to take his time and scan the market thoroughly.

Still, Griffin is right in shooting down the notion that San Antonio's front office "must do something". First, they need to try to get face-to-face with Leonard and hear what he has to say rather than making a franchise-changing transaction based on reports from anonymous sources.

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