Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Kawhi Leonard Telling Rival Teams He Plans to Sign With LA Team

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Kristopher Love | 22 June, 2018, 14:47

The disgruntled Leonard has reportedly stayed firm on his desire to be traded after a recent with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich in South California turned out to be unfruitful.

According to Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News, the two-time Defensive Player of the Year and former Finals MVP wants to be traded away from the Spurs, the team that traded for him back in the 2011 NBA Draft and has nurtured him ever since. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich traveled Tuesday to Southern California and met with Leonard prior to Thursday's National Basketball Association draft, league sources told ESPN.

The Kawhi Leonard saga is set to rumble on deep into the offseason as the Spurs All Star continues to attempt to force his way out of San Antonio.

The report comes amid news that Leonard met with Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich in southern California, which was planned for weeks and meant to discuss a number of issues that have led to Leonard's desire to leave San Antonio. Leonard 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. The two teams are yet to discuss any specific deals, according to Charania. Popovich told the big man that they wouldn't deal him, and the two sides eventually made it work.

The Spurs have been "willing listeners" on offers for Leonard, but the five-time champions haven't been "proactive in chasing down offers", ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted earlier Thursday.

Kawhi Leonard hopes he doesn't return to the San Antonio Spurs next season-that much we know for sure. The Spurs' official priority has been to try to talk with Leonard to work through the issues, league sources said.