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What would it take to get him: Leonard is owed $20.1 million for 2018-19 and gets a bump to $21.4 million for 2019-20. With the salary spikes in the previous two years, a modest number by comparison for someone so accomplished. For the Pacers, it would require the turning the contracts of Bojan Bogdanovic ($10.5 million) and Darren Collison ($10 million) into full guarantees, which would create the salary match for the first year required to make a deal conform to league rules. It’s doubtful the Spurs would give up a player of Leonard’s quality for just that and would add a throw-in contract and demand Myles Turner ($3.4 million), who is still on his rookie scale deal. Young would appear to be the logical swap but he can’t play that far away from the rim as the three and the Spurs already have LaMarcus Aldridge at the four spot.

The risk: That final year of Leonard’s deal is a player option. If he declines it, and every indication is that he will if the Spurs keep him, he becomes an unrestricted free agent. Same would apply to whichever team would acquire him. There’d have to be some assurances that Leonard would stay and re-sign with his new team. Of course, that’s non-binding and Leonard could leave and there’d be nothing so show for a one-year rental.

Cap-o-nomics: The Spurs are a small-market team and will have used $98.4 million of the projected $101 million under the salary cap. But they’ll have about $22.5 million of room under the $123 million luxury tax line which is the most important figure. 2. Kemba Walker

It appeared the Hornets might move him at the trade deadline but did not. The All-Star point guard is entering the final year of a deal that’ll pay him just $12 million. A scorer, Walker averaged better than 20 points in each of the last three seasons but has never averaged more than 6.1 assists since turning pro in 2011.

Why he’d fit: Imagine doubling the ball out of Oladipo’s hands with Walker waiting to receive it wide open. In his last two seasons, Walker has hovered around 40 percent shooting from 3-point range. He can create off the bounce, collapse defenses and finish in ways that can be problematic for Collison who is more measured in his output. Collision took 9.2 total shots per game last season in leading the NBA in 3-point accuracy at 48.6 percent but only attempted three threes per game. Walker took 17 shots per game overall with 7.5 of those coming from long range. A better long-ball threat, he’d open the floor and create better spacing for others.

What would it take to get him: Like in the example for Leonard, it would take Bogdanovic or Collison being fully guaranteed and the Hornets’ desire to have either. If they’d unload Walker, this franchise would be rebuilding. That also would mean since they’re giving up the only All-Star in the deal they’d want a draft pick or to unload a bad contract to give them the cap flexibility that they lack. When a team acquires a player’s contract, that includes his Bird rights which allows that team to exceed the cap to keep him.

The risk: Walker is an unrestricted free agent in 2019, too, so there’s the threat of him walking away. Also, consider the chemistry that has to be there with Oladipo. There are enough shots for both but one can’t take away from the other. With Collison, there’s no risk of that happening.

Cap-o-nomics: Charlotte’s situation isn’t ideal. It has less than $4 million under the tax line and over the cap by almost $19 million. The Pacers are $5 million below the cap and will be about $30 million under the tax. They’d have room to take on another contract to provide that relief. 3. Marc Gasol

Why he’d fit: Gasol can spread from the five spot, a lot like Turner, but gives a team a true low-post presence. He can put the ball on the floor to create for himself and beat other bigs off the dribble. He’s an excellent facilitator for anywhere in the post, like his brother Pau, which gets teammates open looks and would allow the Pacers to flow into some triangle principles to diversify their own offense. Defenses would have to honor Gasol more at the elbow with the ball which would open seams for back cuts and keep the restricted area clear for Oladipo.

What would it take to get him: The Grizzlies have a lot of movable pieces surrounding Gasol and Mike Conley. Would taking on a contract such as Chandler Parsons (owed almost $50 million next two seasons) be worth it if it nets Gasol? If the franchise is going to enter rebuilding it will need picks to do it and unloading a troublesome contract since its not a hotbed for free agents.

The risk: It becomes an either/or proposition with Young and Turner. With Gasol, even though he can stretch, does Turner move to the power forward spot to give the Pacers two bigs who can spread the floor? Or is it better to stick with the older Young because defensively he’s just too valuable and find ways to make Gasol the spread option while allowing Young room in the post where he’s more effective? The Hawks did a lot of this when they had Al Horford an Paul Millsap, using the four man (Millsap) in the post and having the five (Horford) play in the high post to execute handoffs and initiate the offense with the pass.