Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Gregg Popovich meets with Kawhi Leonard

Gregg Popovich meets with Kawhi Leonard

The two had a "good" conversation and "more dialogue" is expected, Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News reports. Despite the meeting, Leonard has privately said he no longer wants to play with San Antonio, but it's unlikely the team would be motivated to work out a deal with the Lakers, the sources said.

ESPN reports that Leonard is angry over what he believes was a mishandling of a quadriceps injury, as well as comments made by Popovich and teammate Tony Parker regarding his injury as Leonard sat out.

Lowe isn't the only ESPN reporter claiming as much.

Leonard reportedly maintains a desire to play in Los Angeles, preferably with the Lakers. Leonard will reportedly alert teams interested in trading for him that his preference is to sign with the Lakers when he's eligible to become a free agent in 2019.

Officially, the Spurs say their priority is to work through their issues with Leonard, but, according to sources, they have reached out to rival executives to see what potential offers they could get for the forward. Wojnarowski added that Leonard would tell other teams he would not sign an extension next summer if they traded for him.

Various reports over the last few months indicated the sides disagreed about the nature of Leonard's injury, how to treat it and how soon he would be able to return to the floor.

For starters, the Spurs could trade Leonard elsewhere or keep him.

So as we inch closer to what's sure to be a insane offseason with plenty of trades and big names trading places, I would hope the Los Angeles Lakers take a page from last year's playbook and do not forgo assets for an expiring contract when they can simply add him to the mix and build upon a franchise trending in the right direction.

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