Look, if push comes to shove, the Clippers and Lakers will mortgage most of the farm for Leonard. He’s a top-five player when healthy. But his injury is an underrated, oft-overlooked part of this whole storyline.
Leonard appeared in just nine games last season. That’s a pretty big red flag, especially for someone who will enter free agency in 2019 (player option). He basically lost an entire year of his prime to this quad setback. Injuries don’t get much more serious, and things could be even worse if this is a degenerative issue.
Hence why it was always a tad ambitious to assume the San Antonio Spurs would just sign Leonard to a super-max extension, worth roughly $219.2 million. And hence why it makes sense that teams like the Clippers and Lakers would exercise some semblance of caution before cannonballing into this process