The Spurs have done this before with star players.
Tim Duncan nearly left San Antonio for Orlando back in 2000 (which sounds crazy now), and LaMarcus Aldridge requested a trade this past offseason. There’s always the possibility coach Gregg Popovich sits down with Leonard after the season, laughs off the supposed drama and finds common ground on a new deal. A trade can’t be ruled out entirely, but it would still be surprising. Beckham’s situation feels much more volatile at this point, and the Giants could reach a breaking point soon.
Matt Lutovsky (Fantasy writer): The odds are even on Beckham; lower for Leonard. Beckham’s price (both in terms of what a team has to give up to acquire him and what a team has to pay him to retain him) is way too high right now given the risk. There’s always someone willing to take a chance on a mercurial superstar, but either the Giants, Beckham, or both will have to scale back the demands.
On paper, there was little reason for the team to make the move. Now an interior defensive line of relative unknowns will have to fill the void.
After releasing veteran receiver Jordy Nelson, not signing a veteran receiver and waiting until the fourth round to add a rookie, the Green Bay Packers have a question mark at the position. Davante Adams (2,811 career receiving yards and 26 touchdown catches) and Randall Cobb (5,141 yards and 39 touchdowns) are going to start, with Adams as a wideout and Cobb in the slot, but the starting wideout opposite of Adams is the position with volatility.
After Adams and Cobb, there are seven significant names in Green Bay battling for both roster spots and playing time this year: Geronimo Allison, J’Mon Moore, Trevor Davis, Michael Clark, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown and DeAngelo Yancey. Collectively, those seven have posted 47 receptions for 590 yards and three touchdowns in their NFL careers.
Last year alone, Nelson caught 53 balls. The No. 2 outside receiver in Green Bay will be asked to contribute in a role that he never has up to this point in his NFL career. Anyone who claims to know who the Packers are going to start as their third receiver this year is lying. It will be determined in summer competition.