Certainly, if you sign them as a free agent, you get them for free.
But the biggest trade piece in the National Basketball Association remains on the market.
The Leonard-Spurs saga has seemingly lingered for months now.
However, San Antonio may have just been thrown a curveball from Minnesota Timberwolves star Butler.
San Antonio might favor such a deal because it allow them to send Leonard out of the Western Conference and prevent the forward from creating a potential super-team with the Los Angeles Lakers.
If this is true, all those rumors about the Boston Celtics dealing for Leonard can be put to rest, as Boston wouldn't be interested in acquiring a player who has no desire to be there.
With Leonard reportedly seeking a trade from the franchise that helped build him into a two-time All-Star and two-time Defensive Player of the Year, speculation continues to swirl as to where the now 27-year-old Leonard will be playing when the 2018-19 season commences.
Signs of a potential Kawhi Leonard trade to the Sixers are still in play, as the 2014 Finals MVP is reportedly "OK" with signing a contract extension with Philly, which could make Gasol a bundle asset in a trade scenario, per Sheridan. The package in return could include one of Kyle Lowry or DeMar DeRozan, according to Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post.
While the Raptors may be making some noise, reports are that the 76ers remain atop Leonard's list.
The Sixers could offer a combination of young players and drafts picks to the Spurs for Kawhi Leonard. It all depends on who matches San Antonio's asking price or if they settle with a less-than-desired package from another team, especially to get a deal done before anyone takes the court. In addition to his impending free agency, the quadriceps injury that limited him to just nine games in the 2017-18 season remains a major red flag.