Published: Sat, April 07, 2018

'Several' teams will look to trade for Kawhi Leonard

'Several' teams will look to trade for Kawhi Leonard

There are definitely disagreements between Leonard's camp and the Spurs while Leonard continues to rehab his injured quad with his own team of doctors in NY instead of the medical staff of the Spurs.

As more of this story develops, the more we're inclined to think that Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs are at the end of their storied relationship.

Leonard is set to become a free agent after next season. I don't know about the front office, I don't know about family issues or whatever that is. "When he and his group feel he's ready, he'll be ready", Pop said, via the Associated Press. "Of course that's the objective [of his stay in New York], to get well, that's what he's doing. He's up there going to Broadway shows and everything?" He'll be entering his Age-27 season and has improved from defensive stopper to one of the better two-way players in the game over the course of a seven-year career in San Antonio. Therefore, if he was to return and re-injure himself, he'd essentially be potentially gambling hundreds of millions of dollars in guaranteed money. Therefore, the idea that he might have already played his last game in San Antonio has come up.

"I have already talked to several National Basketball Association general managers", said ESPN's Brian Windhorst on Outside the Lines on Monday, per RealGM.


This is just due diligence by other teams. "While everyone is saying the right things it's clear that there isn't great communication and there isn't any agreement between the Spurs and Kawhi Leonard's camp".

ESPN senior writer Zach Lowe confirmed Windhorst's report on his Twitter account, sharing, "This is 100% true". Vultures are circling, in hopes of action around the draft.

Even though there is tension between the two sides, Windhorst does believe the most likely scenario will be that Leonard signs a long-term extension to stay with the Spurs.

It'd be uncharacteristic for the Spurs to trade away a franchise player, but head coach Gregg Popovich runs a tight ship and the team will move someone out if necessary.

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