Spurs' Gregg Popovich, Kawhi Leonard meet in California

Florence Fletcher
June 20, 2018

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich met with Leonard on Tuesday to discuss the two-time Defensive Player of the Year's relationship with the franchise and hammer out why he wants to be traded.

According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, Popovich met with Leonard in San Diego last night, the first direct communication between the two since Leonard's trade demand last Friday.

Leonard is reportedly angry with the Spurs for mishandling the injury. 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. If Leonard and Popovich did indeed meet, the former's future with the Silver and Black should be obvious to the front office after a season of speculation and questions.

According to ESPN, Leonard would prefer a trade to Los Angeles, with the Lakers being his preference over the Clippers.

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Last week, reports emerged stating that Kawhi Leonard wanted out of the San Antonio Spurs with him demanding to be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, putting the team in a bit of a tough situation.

Leonard did not want the meeting and has been making himself hard to reach for the Spurs on goal, according to ESPN's report.

Leonard is eligible to sign a five-year, $219 million super max contract with the Spurs this summer. Additionally, Leonard reportedly remains upset over public comments from Popovich and Spurs guard Tony Parker about Leonard's rehab. The Spurs, however, have been reluctant to give teams guidance on what type of trade package they are seeking.

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