Gregg Popovich meets with disgruntled Kawhi Leonard

Lynette Rowe
June 20, 2018

According to ESPN, Leonard will let teams interested in trading for him that he intends to play in Los Angeles, preferably for the Lakers, when he becomes a free agent.

News broke last week that Leonard wants to be traded from the Spurs, and that has sprung an entire industry of reports and projected deals.

Leonard would prefer to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers over the Los Angeles Clippers.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich met with Leonard on Tuesday to re-connect with the star forward who has grown distant from the franchise. He remains upset with the way teammate Tony Parker addressed his injury in the media and was not thrilled with how the team handled his physical recovery from his ailment.

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Reports are conflicting as to whether Popovich and Leonard actually met.

Wojnarowski and Shelburne report that the Spurs are unlikely to be motivated to facilitate a deal to the Lakers.

What took place during this meeting is unknown but one would speculate that Popovich asked for clarification on the reports from last week where he demanded a trade to the Lakers. The Spurs, however, have been reluctant to give teams guidance on what type of trade package they are seeking.

The Spurs are in a tough spot at the moment when it comes to Kawhi this summer, as he's up for a $219 million super-max extension this summer whether he goes since he has the chance to opt out of his current contract next year. Despite being cleared to return by the Spurs - notoriously cautious with injuries - Leonard continued to rehab and seek outside opinions.

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