Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer reported yesterday that the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks “plan to make a hard push” to acquire Kawhi Leonard, the two-time Finals MVP who can become a free agent this off-season.
The Clippers showed what they can do without Kawhi Leonard by going six games in the West Finals. Imagine what they can do next year with him, following an offseason that could see lots of player movement. New @ringer story on LA’s pivotal summer ahead: https://t.co/Xc2N9OXmJc— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) July 1, 2021
Though O’Connor said the Mavericks are the most serious threats to land Leonard — and emphasized that Leonard bought a home in Pacific Palisides in March — he added that Miami can work out a sign-and-trade, as they did with Jimmy Butler in 2019. Such a deal could involve picking up the team options for Goran Dragic and Andre Iguodala and attaching Tyler Herro.
We’ve talked about the possibility of the Heat pulling off a Leonard signing for a while. It is still a long shot, but the fact that Miami is planning to make a strong push is a good sign. As I said before, the NBA is now a weapons race.
A Big Three of Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Leonard could become the most elite triumvirate in the league. And Leonard is a good 3-point shooter. Add Duncan Robinson to the mix, and it’s a legitimate contender.