2 TEAMS TO MAKE 'HARD PUSH' TO ACQUIRE KAWHI LEONARD
There are two teams who are expected to make a 'hard push' for Leonard, and they are the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat, according to Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer.
In his article, O'Connor mentions that Dallas will be the most serious suitor for the two-time Finals MVP.
Pairing him up with Luka Doncic would be extremely scary for the rest of the league, but the Mavericks would have to make major changes to be able to give Leonard a maximum contract. Tim Hardaway Jr. is a key free agent they may not be able to bring back if they acquire Leonard. Also, Kristaps Porzingis and his $31.6 million for next season might have to be moved.
In Miami's case, they have Goran Dragic and Andre Iguodala on team options, which they can decline to create more cap space. The Heat have been searching for another superstar to pair with Jimmy Butler since acquiring him but haven't had much luck.
Dallas and Miami would be ideal destinations for Leonard, if he doesn't re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers. After seeing the Clippers reach the Western Conference Finals without him, Leonard will also strongly consider staying.