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Heat to make ‘hard push’ for Kawhi Leonard

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The Dallas Mavericks also will make a push for him, according to Kevin O’Connor.

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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.

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.