Tony Parker departure unlikely to change Kawhi Leonard’s dynamic with Spurs
Tony Parker’s exit from the San Antonio Spurs was an unexpected one, but an exit that could perhaps clear the lines for the organization and disgruntled star Kawhi Leonard to talk again and solve their issues.
According to Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports, Parker signing with the Charlotte Hornets would do little to appease the 27-year-old star, who remains “irate” with his now former teammate.
Issues between Leonard and the organization go well beyond Parker saying his hamstring injury was “100 times worse” than his teammate’s, as he sustained a full-fledged torn hamstring at the end of the 2017 playoffs.
The Spurs have remained incredibly stubborn and refused to budge when it comes to their asking price for Leonard, holding him in very high regard as a top-five talent.
Truth is, Leonard’s trade value is down considerably now that the Spurs might have to trade him, along with the possibility that his injury is not fully healed — now dealing with more than just the Spurs but outside doctors when it comes to his full medical assessment.
Besides that, teams trading for Leonard will be looking for a commitment before they let go of their assets, something that his camp has not made easy after declaring that his favored destination are the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers have sat back and will reportedly wait until 2019 to make a run at Leonard as a free agent, though it could prove a risky move, having missed out on Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins this summer.