SAN ANTONIO – The NBA's 2018 free agency period officially started on Sunday and the Spurs have already been involved in several league discussions and deals. Here's the latest.
UPDATE: ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Lakers pursuit of Kawhi Leonard will likely pick back up after news that LeBron James has signed with LA. Wojnarowski says Leonard wants to be a Laker.
Sources: As trade talks have unfolded, Kawhi Leonard’s focus is unchanged: He wants to be a Laker. https://t.co/0wZGf5MrNt— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 2, 2018
UPDATE: Multiple reports indicate the Sixers feel confident they can get Kawhi Leonard to re-sign an extension if he is traded to Philadelphia. The Clippers also have not given up trading for Leonard.
On the Sixers and a potential trade for Kawhi Leonard, it’s worth noting that there are several people with Philadelphia who feel confident that Leonard would strongly consider re-signing there next summer if they traded for him.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) July 1, 2018
PREVIOUS: ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports Philadelphia has engaged San Antonio in trade discussions for All-Star Kawhi Leonard.
The Sixers are reportedly keeping Markelle Fultz off limits for now. Fultz was the No. 1 pick in last year's NBA draft.
The 76ers have engaged in talks with the Spurs on a potential Kawhi Leonard trade.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 1, 2018
So far, Philly has kept Fultz, Embiid and Simmons off limits in talks, team sources tell @wojespn. pic.twitter.com/PsA3hNMQaw
Wojnarowski said on ESPN early Sunday morning that the Spurs threshold for a Leonard deal remains very high and the Spurs are not giving him away.
He added the Spurs were willing to play the long game with Leonard in hopes of repairing the team's relationship with their disgruntled star.
Woj with latest #Spurs Kawhi Leonard news: Lakers haven't been aggressive last few days. SA's threshold for KL trade 'very high, they are not giving him away' Spurs also still willing to play long game, repair relationship. Stay tuned #KSATsports #KSATnews #GoSpursGo #NBA— RJ Marquez (@KSATRJ) July 1, 2018
The Spurs have reportedly struck deals with forward Rudy Gay and guard Marco Belinelli.
Gay's deal to return to San Antonio is worth $10 million for one year, and Belinelli's is worth $12 million for two years.
Belinelli played on the Spurs 2014 championship team.