Sure, but the rebuild would start with Leonard who isn't exactly old and is a top 5 player in the league (when healthy).
I'd happily move Brown and the pick stash to pick up Kawhi, but it's not happening.
I also don't believe Kawhi wants out. That assertion comes from Jalen Rose (lol). First of all, he's no source. Second, his reasoning makes little sense. The Spurs are struggling to attract elite talent? Lamarcus Aldridge exists as a counterpoint to that statement. Since then, their lack of available cap space - not this stupid "stars don't want to come to San Antonio because they'd have to work" idea put forth by Rose - is what has kept them from adding any more major pieces. But despite their apparent lack of elite talent, the Spurs have remained very relevant in the West even without Kawhi.
Get out of here with that. This crap is why fans are giving up on ESPN's analysis. Is there friction over this injury? Sure, I'd believe that; that makes sense to me. But Jalen Rose's opinion is useless and should be treated as such.
I bet you wrote this same thing last year when rumor got out that Kyrie wanted out after winning a title. We just never know what is going on. The Spurs are fairly old and could start a rebuild.
I'm not saying it's going to happen but we just saw stranger things happen with the Cavs and they traded Kyrie to a conference foe. Aldridge wanted out last year and Pop spoke to him.
Kawhi may be wondering why he is still sitting out games. The Spurs may be trying to save him. It will all come out and but I would be shocked if the Spurs traded him. Ainge has to inquire though.
I think Kawhi being traded out of San Antonio right now would be stranger than Kyrie being traded to the C's was. There's been one report of friction that read to me like it had a lot to do with how Kawhi is dealing with being away from the team because of injury. I haven't seen any actual reporting that said he wants out.
There is also a huge difference between the San Antonio Spurs and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kawhi asking out of that situation would be very strange to me. Kyrie wanting out of Cleveland, while a surprise, was not all that strange to me.
Mock Trade Deadline Trailblazers and Knicks Rosters:
G: Lillard, McCollum, Curry, Simons, Baldwin, Stauskas, Trent. F: Aminu, Turner, Harkless, Leonard, Swanigan, Layman. C: Nurkic, Collins,
G: Hardaway, Lee, Mudiay, Nitilikina, Trier, Burke, Dotson. F: Porzingis, Thomas, Hicks, Hezonja, Knox, Kornet, Vonleh. C: Kanter, Robinson