San Antonio Spurs: Kawhi Leonard still ‘irate’ with Tony Parker’s comments

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Per a report from Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News, it was a "good" meeting. "He has privately maintained that he no longer wants to play in San Antonio and will eventually alert rival teams considering trades for him that his intention is to sign in Los Angeles when he can become a free agent in 2019, league sources said".

Additionally, Wojnarowski and colleague Ramona Shelburne reported, "The Spurs are unlikely to be motivated to facilitate a deal to the Lakers, league sources said".

Compared to the other offers that are reportedly on the table, it seems that the Cavs may be offering the best deal for Leonard now. 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. ESPN reports Popovich has tried to set up a meeting for weeks.

Gregg Popovich meets with Kawhi Leonard in California
Gregg Popovich meets with disgruntled Kawhi Leonard

Leonard, who turns 27 later this month, has been the subject of trade speculation for months after last season produced extensive tension between him and the team over the handling of his quadriceps tendinopathy, which limited Leonard to just nine games, during which he averaged 16.2 points and 4.7 rebounds.

According to Sam Amick of USA Today, "If Leonard found his way to Laker Land, where he would likely make it clear that he'd re-sign as a free agent in the summer of 2019, it is widely believed that it would significantly increase the Lakers' chances of landing James in free agency this summer". The Spurs don't have to trade Leonard, and their ability to offer a five-year, $219 million super-max extension is enticing. The Spurs, however, have been reluctant to give teams guidance on what type of trade package they are seeking.

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