A blockbuster trade could be in the pipeline this summer, but it's highly unlikely that it'll be Kawhi joining Cleveland.
While Kawhi Leonard is reportedly interested in a move to Los Angeles, Tani Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times has reported that both the Lakers and Clippers have reservations about making a move for the Spurs superstar.
Nov 25, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) brings the ball up court during the second half of the San Antonio Spurs 109-103 win over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.
There were disagreements between the Spurs, Leonard, and his camp throughout his rehab process over the best course of action to take to deal with his injury.
"Any deal with the Spurs for Leonard would mean trading draft picks and younger players".
For the Cavaliers, they'd be far worse off if they dealt the pick and brought in Leonard just to see him miss the majority of the season and then dart to LA anyway. Some combination of Josh Jackson, T.J. Warren, Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender might get San Antonio's attention, and one of the expiring contracts of Tyson Chandler or Jared Dudley will have to be included to line up the financial numbers. Just ask Dan Gilbert and Cleveland's front office if Isaiah Thomas was really the best fit for the Cavs, or Vlade Divac if signing George Hill or Vince Carter really adhered to his team's timeline or best interests. If George leaves, what do they have to show for the trade?
No one saw last summer's trade between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Indiana Pacers coming. Sheridan notably reported in 2014 that LeBron James would be returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, which was announced two days later.
On the other hand, would a one-year rental with James and Leonard be so bad?
But If Leonard is willing to commit to Phoenix long-term, and will put a pen to paper to foster the trade, then that would changes things.