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".
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 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.
China labels Trump tariff threat as ‘extreme pressure and blackmailing’
Yesterday ( June 18), the Trump administration threatened new tariffs on $200 billion of imported Chinese goods each year. Economists warn Washington might be undercutting its negotiating position by alienating potential allies.
Ex-Trump aide Manafort ordered to jail
Kilimnik worked with Manafort in Ukraine during that time , and during the 2016 election they were reportedly in regular contact. Manafort is the first Trump campaign official to be jailed as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
U.S. to Withdraw From United Nations Human Rights Council
The Foreign Secretary said the council's work on the Israel-Palestinian conflict could have value, under the right conditions. Critics say this sends a message that the administration turns a blind eye to human rights abuses in some parts of the world.