Kawhi Leonard proving he belongs atop MVP leaderboard

With another dominant performance against a fellow Eastern Conference contender, the former Finals MVP is starting to make a case for this year’s regular-season award.
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Trade demands: What Butler and Kawhi are showing the NBA

Why would an NBA superstar give up $ 70 million to switch teams? And how will Jimmy Butler help the Sixers?
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No connections: How Raptors are making their case to keep Kawhi

Kawhi Leonard has won a championship, is relatively healthy and is from Southern California. Take it all with a grain of salt when it comes to his free agency.
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Rumor: Kawhi Leonard told Spurs teammates, ‘I’ll do anything for all you guys in this room, but not this organization’

After Kawhi Leonardrepeatedly told the Spurs he’d play then didn’t, his teammates held a players-only meeting imploring him to play. Leonard stood his ground and said, despite his desire to return, he wouldn’t guarantee playing again that season. Tony Parker, who had already returned to the lineup, said his quad injury was “100 times worse” than Leonard’s and went out of his way to say he never considered getting a second opinion from outside the Spurs.

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Kawhi ‘a hard guy to read,’ David Robinson says

Describing Kawhi Leonard as “a hard guy to understand,” Spurs legend David Robinson said Monday on The Jump that the former Finals MVP’s exit from San Antonio was “one of the oddest situations I think I’ve seen since I’ve been in pro basketball.”
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The best-case scenario for Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors

If Leonard is locked in and returns to his MVP form, the Raptors should project as a legitimate threat to the Warriors, Celtics and Rockets.
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Lowe: What the Kawhi trade means for Raptors, Spurs and NBA

How will Toronto and San Antonio move on? Zach Lowe breaks down the trade and its major implications on all sides.
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Sources: Kawhi to Toronto, DeRozan to Spurs

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to a deal to acquire All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard in a larger trade package that includes All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan, league sources told ESPN.
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What’s different about Kawhi trade talks now

Our experts discuss L.A.’s new complications in a Kawhi Leonard trade and what other options San Antonio could consider.
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5-on-5: LeBron’s legacy, Kawhi trades and title favorites

Our experts answer the big questions about LeBron James, the Lakers, Kawhi Leonard and what the King’s move means for the NBA.
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Reports: Spurs want Celtics all-in for Kawhi Leonard trade talks, Boston slow playing it

The Spurs have come to grips with the fact they are going to have to trade Kawhi Leonard. Who the Spurs want to get deeply involved with is the Boston Celtics. Boston has the combination of good young players (Jaylen Brown, for example) and picks (Boston could have four first rounders in 2019) that interests the Spurs more than Brandon Ingram an anything the Lakers can push into the pot.

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Predictions: Where LeBron, PG-13 and Kawhi will land next

What will happen with NBA superstars in free agency, and what will it mean for next season? Our experts predict what’s next.
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Sources: Lakers, Spurs reopen talks on Kawhi

The Lakers re-engaged the Spurs in pursuit of Kawhi Leonard. The Lakers envision a trade in which San Antonio would get something similar to what the Cavs received for Kyrie Irving or the Pacers acquired for Paul George. The Spurs value Leonard higher.
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Bruce Bowen on Kawhi: ‘Are you kidding me?’

Bruce Bowen has issues with Kawhi Leonard. “You got $ 18 million this year, and you think that they’re trying to rush you? You didn’t play for the most part a full season this year … and you want to say that they didn’t have your best interest at heart?”
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What can the Celtics trade for Kawhi Leonard?

The Celtics have three highly paid All-Stars, cheap young talent and valuable draft picks. So what should they trade for Kawhi?
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How the Lakers can land LeBron, Kawhi and Paul George

What’s the key to creating a new superteam in L.A.? Kevin Pelton explains how the team and superstars might get it done.
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Woj: How close Kawhi and the Spurs are to the super max … or a trade

Kawhi Leonard and Gregg Popovich will soon sit down to talk. What comes of that will have huge ramifications for the Spurs — and the entire NBA.
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Kawhi Leonard Future: All-Star Forward Wants to Leave Spurs

Kawhi Leonard’s is reportedly determined to leave the San Antonio Spurs, as he feels his relationship with the team has been damaged beyond repair. Things between the 2014 NBA Finals MVP and the Spurs have been frosty since he reportedly told the team he was not comfortable playing while rehabbing from the quadriceps tendinopathy that forced him to miss the first 27 games of the season. Leonard made his season debut on December 12 against the Dallas Mavericks, but after playing nine of the following 17 games, on January 13 the Spurs opted to sideline him indefinitely—and he did not play another game during the season.

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The uncomfortable silence of Kawhi Leonard

What’s behind the tension between the Spurs and Kawhi Leonard’s camp? And how will the NBA’s most fascinating mystery end?
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Four best Kawhi Leonard trades we’d like to see

Trade discussions could heat up if the Spurs and Leonard don’t see eye-to-eye on a new contract. Our NBA Insiders give four deals that work.
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No Kawhi comeback? Spurs still like chances against Warriors

San Antonio understands the daunting task of facing Golden State without Kawhi Leonard, but the Spurs are confident they can pull off an upset.
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Sources: Kawhi could return for Spurs on Thu.

Kawhi Leonard could be available for the San Antonio Spurs as early as Thursday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans, sources tell ESPN’s Lisa Salters. A leg injury has kept Leonard out of all but nine games so far this season.
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Kawhi Leonard game winner lifts Spurs, puts him in exclusive company

Kawhi Leonard game winner lifts Spurs, puts him in exclusive company
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