Remember when Kawhi Leonard leaked that he wanted to be traded from the Spurs? It has only been a few months, but it seems like this saga has been brewing for a billion years.
The truth of the matter is, the Spurs are being extremely stubborn
If San Antonio wants to get a deal done, the Sixers remain one of the best options in the league. The two teams would make for realistic trade partners here, but that's only if the Spurs drop their asking price.
The most reasonable trade package from the Sixers reportedly includes Robert Covington, Dario Saric, and the Miami Heat's unprotected first-round pick in 2021.
Who exactly is that realistic for? The Spurs, who are trying to rebuild their franchise after parting ways with the best two-way player in basketball not named LeBron James, or Sixers faithful, who want to give up as little as possible in order to march to the NBA Finals?
The Spurs asking price is much higher than this scenario. They want the same proven players with two additional first-round picks attached. Even though those picks may be towards the end of the first round as you'd assume the Sixers would be one of the better teams in the league, it's a price that remains too high.
As much as the Sixers would want Leonard to be the final piece of their puzzle, they aren't willing to go all-in on him.
Sixers unwilling to spend too much for Kawhi Leonard https://t.co/En6yHd077h— Philly.com (@phillydotcom) July 10, 2018
San Antonio would receive a pretty promising first-round pick while still adding two players to a team that won nearly 50 games last season. All in all, it's not a bad deal and not a robbery by any means.
It may not be ideal for the Spurs, but it's one that would get the deal done.