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Blazers’ C.J. McCollum calls Kawhi Leonard situation with Spurs ‘sticky’ and hints at Lakers

Kawhi Leonard’s current relationship with the San Antonio Spurs has been well-documented. Rumors have sprouted among fans that he’ll eventually leave the team soon. Portland Trail Blazers star guard C.J. McCollum recently shared his insights on the matter.

In the Pull Up with CJ McCollum podcast, the Blazers star feels that Kawhi will eventually go to the L.A. Lakers, being that the team has a lot of cap room and Kawhi himself is a California native:

Kawhi himself has never really spoken much on the topic. Yet the rumors have continued to come in, stating that he’s not on good terms with the team. The Spurs and the rest of the guys, however, have remained supportive of Kawhi’s struggles. As reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Michael C. Wright, head coach Gregg Popovich seems patient for Kawhi’s return. If at any, he completely understands what the 26-year-old is going through:

“It’s the same as a player who is the 13th man sitting on the end of the bench,” Popovich said. “The more you’re participating, the more you feel like you’re a part of the deal. But anybody who’s injured, sitting on the bench or not playing, feels a little bit different, of course. That’s just human nature.

“He’s a nice guy. I love the kid. What am I gonna do? Sometimes he wants to rehab in the room, getting stronger; use the time wisely instead of watching us out there.”

And so the drama goes on. Time can only tell whether or not we’ll see Kawhi donning that Spurs jersey for the years to come.