Putting a deal together for the services of Kawhi Leonard won’t be that easy for the Miami Heat if Gregg Popovich demands a top-35 American NBA caliber player in return.
Earlier this year the 2018-20 USA Men’s National Team roster was announced for the July 25-27 USA Men’s National Team minicamp in Las Vegas.
As part of the 2017-20 USA Basketball National Team coaching staff, Gregg Popovich, along with managing director Jerry Colangelo, placed the following players eligible for the USA squad:
- Harrison Barnes (Dallas Mavericks)
- Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
- Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)
- Jimmy Butler (Minnesota Timberwolves)
- Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies)
- DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans Pelicans)
- Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
- Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
- DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors)
- Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons)
- Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors)
- Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder)
- Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets)
- Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)
- Blake Griffin (Detroit Pistons)
- James Harden (Houston Rockets)
- Tobias Harris (Los Angeles Clippers)
- Gordon Hayward (Boston Celtics)
- Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics)
- LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)
- DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers)
- Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs)
- Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
- Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers)
- Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors)
- CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers)
- Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks)
- Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers)
- Chris Paul (Houston Rockets)
- Isaiah Thomas (Los Angeles Lakers)
- Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors)
- Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers)
- Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets)
- John Wall (Washington Wizards)
- Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Whether a bundling a group of Miami’s players would be enough to sway Popovich to look in Miami’s direction remains To Be Determined.
The names above give an idea of whom he respects, among eligble Team USA men, to be approximately on the same level as Kawhi Leonard and perhaps give a fair exchange of talent in return.
The next step in the evolution of the Heat this coming season would for a for a Heat player to break out enough to be considered as a substitute if needed later on.