Marc Stein of the New York Times broke down the situation Monday, via ESPN Los Angeles:
“They clearly do not want to do business with the Lakers but if the Lakers could assembly the best deal…if the Lakers could use their assets to bring in a 3rd team & San Antonio gets the most out of a trade from the Lakers…they would do it.” - @TheSteinLine on the Spurs
Chris Haynes of ESPN.com previously reported Leonard "wants out of San Antonio."
Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reported the Lakers "have long been Leonard's preferred destination," although they are concerned about the extent of his injury.
The 26-year-old only played nine games last season while dealing with a quadriceps injury. Leonard can also hit free agency next summer if he opts out of his current deal.
The fact that the Spurs are at least considering a move involving the Lakers could be all L.A. needs to get a deal done.
The question is what would be necessary to make it work.
Los Angeles has several quality young players such as Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma. Any of them could help facilitate a possible three-team trade involving the Spurs.