Spurs’ Gregg Popovich, Kawhi Leonard met Tuesday

Spurs’ Gregg Popovich, Kawhi Leonard met Tuesday

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich flew to California on Tuesday and reportedly met with disgruntled star forward Kawhi Leonard.

The San Antonio Spurs-Kawhi Leonard saga continues to get messier. Last week, Leonard's camp told reporters that Leonard wants to be traded from the Spurs.

Leonard has one year left on his contract before he can become a free agent. He believes the team mishandled his quadriceps injury and is still upset with public comments Tony Parker and Popovich made that he felt weren't supportive of him, league sources said.

Leonard wants a trade to Los Angeles, preferably the Lakers over the Clippers, league sources said. It has been reported that a fallout between Leonard's camp and the Spurs took place this season with Leonard feeling there was a misdiagnosis of the severity of his quad injury, among other things like expanding his brand, something he doesn't see as plausible in San Antonio. Knowing Leonard won't re-sign with them in 2019 makes it hard for any other team to give up anything of value for Leonard. Leonard played in only nine games this season, scoring 16.2 points a night, well below his average of 25.5 in 2016-17.

Even despite Leonard's reported feelings, it appears Popovich is still trying to fix the relationship, which fractured at some point during last season. Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka plan to make a major splash in free agency with superstars LeBron James and Paul George available and Kawhi Leonard reportedly on the trading block.

The Spurs do not have to facilitate a trade to the Lakers simply because that's Leonard's preference.

"I think it's going to be tough to gauge his [Cousins] market before July 1, it might take a little bit of time to develop", Charania said on the Yahoo Sports NBA Podcast with Chris Mannix.

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