Spurs rebuff Lakers on potential Kawhi trade

Ruben Hill
June 22, 2018

Leonard has his heart set on landing with the Lakers in 2019, when he becomes a free agent, but it's looking increasingly likely that he won't be able to arrive in LA any sooner.

According to ESPN's report, Popovich has been seeking a meeting with Leonard for weeks, but Leonard has made it hard to set up a meeting.

Even if the Boston Celtics or another National Basketball Association team ends up trading for Kawhi Leonard, the San Antonio Spurs superstar doesn't intend to stay with his new team longer than one season.

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. Even with a $219 million super-max extension available to him this summer, it's becoming increasingly certain that Leonard will be donning another team's jersey come October.

At 26 years old, Leonard is perhaps the best two-way player in the National Basketball Association when healthy.

The Spurs, who remain intent on keeping Leonard, have been fielding calls all day. With just one more season on his contract, Leonard could sign there next offseason if he wanted, leaving any team that traded for him in the dust and without the assets they gave up for him.

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. Popovich told the big man that they wouldn't deal him, and the two sides eventually made it work.

San Antonio has no choice but to get more aggressive in handling Leonard's future.

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