A report earlier on Saturday came out indicating that the Phoenix Suns will think about sending the No. 1 overall pick and young forward Josh Jackson to the San Antonio Spurs for disgruntled All-Star Kawhi Leonard.
A deal of this ilk would seem to be an overpay for a Suns team that finished with the NBA’s worst record last season and is ways away from contention in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.
Now, according to Scott Bordow of AZ Central, Phoenix won’t in fact trade that valuable No. 1 overall pick in next week’s draft for Leonard.
The Suns will not, despite what you might have read elsewhere, trade the No. 1 pick for Kawhi Leonard. Not happening.
— scott bordow (@sbordow) June 16, 2018
Certainly, Phoenix would like to get a running partner for young star Devin Booker. But considering Leonard has one year left on his deal and missed all but nine games to injury last season, it would come with a major risk.
At this point, everything is pointing in the direction of the Suns taking former Arizona standout Deandre Ayton with the first pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. In a vacuum, he could act as that running partner for Booker while Phoenix hangs on to 2017 No. 4 pick Josh Jackson.
We’re going to continue hearing a ton of rumors surrounding Leonard over the next few days. It’s being reported that he wants out of San Antonio. Among the teams interested in the All-Star, the Los Angeles Lakers have emerged as an early favorite. Though, the Sacramento Kings — picking No. 2 overall — are also seen as an under-the-radar potential landing spot.