If the Spurs intend to move disgruntled superstar Kawhi Leonard this offseason, the Lakers are considered an attractive destination for the Los Angeles native.
One problem — coach Gregg Popovich has a rule when it comes to trading elite talent that could play right into the hands of the Celtics.
• It’s one of Popovich’s cardinal rules not to help Western Conference rivals, much less one with the tradition and resources of the Lakers.
Popovich almost never says a bad word about another team, but he went bonkers in 2008 when Memphis traded Pau Gasol to the post-Shaquille O’Neal Lakers, setting them up for three consecutive Finals runs and two titles.
“What they did in Memphis is beyond comprehension,” Popovich said at the time. “… I just wish I had been on a trade committee that oversees NBA trades. I’d like to elect myself to that committee. I would have voted no to the L.A. trade.” . . .
Several contenders – such as the Celtics, 76ers and Cavaliers – have more young players and/or high first-round picks to offer the Spurs.
If the idea is moving Leonard out of the Western Conference, the Celtics might be the likeliest destination. With a potential lottery pick from Sacramento next year and two young stars in Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, the Celtics have more young talent to offer than anyone, including the Lakers.
File it away under: Intriguing.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog