NBA Offseason: Kawhi Leonard is key to upgrading the OKC Thunder roster

Russell Westbrook, OKC Thunder (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)
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OKC Thunder players Russell Westbrook and Paul George
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – APRIL 3: The Oklahoma City Thunder celebrate during the game against the Golden State Warriors on April 3, 2018 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images) /

NBA Free Agency has been fruitful, but should the OKC Thunder offer to serve as catalyst to help move a disenchanted star and complete their roster in the process.

The OKC Thunder are all-in. Specifically, Russell Westbrook and Paul George are locked up til the 2022-23 season. Up next, Sam Presti must work to provide the best supporting cast. Turning an eye to other team’s desires, could Kawhi Leonard be the key to boosting Oklahoma City’s roster?

The Los Angeles Lakers, OKC Thunder, and San Antonio Spurs are all in contrasting positions. Oklahoma City is the most stable of the three with Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Steven Adams signed to multi-year deals.

OKC are is currently filling its roster, addressing positions of need and acquiring depth. Conversely, the Lakers are trying to find a superstar to pair with LeBron James.  Meanwhile, San Antonio are dealing with Kawhi Leonard’s trade request.

To that end, the Spurs-Leonard saga continues. Despite demanding a trade to LA, Spurs GM R.C. Buford has set a steep price for Leonard.

In case you missed it, the Spurs supposedly asked for Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, two-first round picks and two pick swaps. Leonard is a superstar but that is steep.

With San Antonio and the Lakers at an impasse, is there another team lurking in the shadows?