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Spurs' Leonard wants trade to LA

20 June 2018
Spurs' Leonard wants trade to LA

Gregg Popovich and Kawhi Leonard met Tuesday, but it's not expected to lead to a long-term reconciliation, according to an ESPN report.

Though the Spurs reportedly wouldn't be motivated to trade Leonard to the Lakers, Leonard's demands and intentions may make it hard for the Spurs.

The new ESPN report says Leonard desires to be traded out of San Antonio, preferably to the Los Angeles Lakers after growing up in California and attending San Diego State.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne, Leonard is still very upset over Parker's comments over how he chose to handle his injury and feels that Popovich and the rest of his Spurs teammates weren't supportive enough of him.

The Spurs are unlikely to be motivated to facilitate a deal to the Lakers, league sources said. Leonard is recovering from a right quad injury.

A host of teams - including LA Lakers and LA Clippers - are understood to be interested in Leonard.

Leonard played in only nine games this season, scoring 16.2 points a night, well below his average of 25.5 in 2016-17. He has a player option for the following season which he would decline to become a free agent. An ESPN report in May said the Spurs were anxious Leonard's group - led by uncle Dennis Robertson and agent Mitch Frankel - intentionally sought to sabotage the team's relationship with Leonard in hopes of getting him traded to a larger market. Leonard, who has one year left on his contract, is eligible to sign a five-year $219 million super max deal with the Spurs this Summer, but it has become clear he has no interest in doing so.