Gregg Popovich meets with disgruntled Kawhi Leonard

Gregg Popovich meets with Kawhi Leonard in California

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich traveled to Southern California to meet with Kawhi Leonard on Tuesday ahead of the 2018 National Basketball Association draft Thursday, reports ESPN and Yahoo Sports.

The Spurs are unlikely to be motivated to trade Leonard to the Lakers.

After a frustrating season, Kawhi Leonard has reportedly had enough of the San Antonio Spurs.

According to ESPN's report, Popovich has been seeking a meeting with Leonard for weeks, but Leonard has made it hard to set up a meeting. As of now, Leonard would prefer a trade to the Lakers over the Clippers.

The star forward reportedly still believes San Antonio mishandled the quad injury that limited him to nine games this season and is "irate" over perceived public jabs against him by Popovich and teammate Tony Parker this season.




Wojnarowski reported that the Spurs haven't given suitors guidance on what they'd be seeking for Leonard in a trade. However, if he is unwilling to sign an extension with anyone but the Lakers, other teams will be reluctant to send valuable assets in exchange for a player who can walk as a free agent next summer. However, assembling a package that would coax the Spurs into coughing up Leonard is something that will prove to be hard for Cleveland, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN (h/t Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints).

Leonard met with Gregg Popovich Tuesday evening to seemingly try and talk through some of the underlying issues that have led him to this point.

It's not known exactly what went down during the meeting between Leonard and Popovich, but San Antonio doesn't yet appear to be in any rush to deal their best player. No one knows whether they can trust the word of the advisors around him.

Although there's still sometime before the start of free agency on July 1, the storied franchise could be making a play for Leonard ahead of or during the 2018 NBA Draft and that as some Lakers players sitting on the edge of their seat.

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