Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Gregg Popovich meets with Kawhi Leonard

Gregg Popovich meets with Kawhi Leonard

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich met with Kawhi Leonard in Southern California on Tuesday and while Leonard is seeking a trade to Los Angeles, San Antonio is "unlikely" to be motivated send him to the Lakers, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Leonard, a two-time All-Star and two-time Defensive Player of the Year, averaged 16.2 points in those nine appearances as the Spurs failed to win 50 or more games for the first time since the abbreviated 1998-99 season.

Multiple outlets reported last week that Leonard wants out of San Antonio and is determined to play elsewhere.

Leonard had told confidants that he did not want to sit down with Popovich and has been purposely hard for the Spurs to reach recently. Leonard has always been rumored as wanting out of the team, while Popovich hasn't been fond of the manner his star's camp has been communicating with the franchise. He remains upset with the way teammate Tony Parker addressed his injury in the media and was not thrilled with how the team handled his physical recovery from his ailment.

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Leonard wants a trade to Los Angeles, preferably the Lakers over the Clippers, league sources said.

So far, the Spurs have been largely reluctant to give teams guidance on the players, or packages, that would interest them in trades, sources said. Despite being cleared to return by the Spurs - notoriously cautious with injuries - Leonard continued to rehab and seek outside opinions.

Despite Leonard's contentious relationship with the team, he is eligible to sign a five-year, $219 million super-maximum contract with the Spurs this summer.

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