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How much could Kawhi Leonard cost the Mavericks now?

Dirk Nowitzki, Rick Carlisle talk Nowitzki returning for 21st season with Mavs

Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki and coach Rick Carlisle talked about Nowitzki's return next season at a news conference Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Tyson Chandler, Phoenix Suns center and Nowitzki's ex-teammate, also paid a visit.
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Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki and coach Rick Carlisle talked about Nowitzki's return next season at a news conference Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Tyson Chandler, Phoenix Suns center and Nowitzki's ex-teammate, also paid a visit.

Kawhi Leonard is apparently still feuding with the San Antonio Spurs.

The rift is a result of individuals in Leonard's "group," including Leonard's agent, Mitch Frankel, and his uncle, Dennis Robertson, according to Ramona Shelburne and Michael C. Wright of ESPN.

The report also stated that Spurs general manager R.C. Buford is losing sleep over the fact that Leonard's handlers are trying to engineer a trade. The Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks are reportedly the four teams in the lead for the services of the talented forward.

But what about the Dallas Mavericks?

Let's get the deterrents out of the way. First, these two teams are rivals that play in the same conference, division and state. Dallas also might not have the necessary trade chips to even bring San Antonio to the table.

Mark Cuban would certainly have to ship out the team's lottery pick this season, which has the third-best odds to land the top pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. The Spurs would likely ask for some combination of Harrison Barnes, Dennis Smith Jr. and future unprotected lottery picks as well.

Although, his trade value decreases a tiny bit for each day this saga continues.

Even after taking on Leonard's contract, which carries a salary-cap hit of $20,099,188 for the 2018-19 season, the Mavericks would still have $11,707,546 to go add other pieces in free agency.

The team's core would then center around Leonard, Barnes and Smith Jr. The front office would then need to continue to hunt for low-cost front-court help in free-agency and the draft.

When LaMarcus Aldridge first signed an extension with San Antonio, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who is now 68, assured the forward and Leonard that he would stay on as the team’s coach for a while longer.

But if the future hall-of-fame coach retires upon Leonard's departure, it's possible the organization might want to blow things up entirely.

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