Kawhi Leonard could draw more attention by releasing workout video
San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard remains the biggest enigma in the NBA to this day, as big-time free agents and players have moved cities and teams, as he remains put, but with no clear direction of his next destination or any resolution to his issues with the franchise.
Concern about Leonard’s injury status and his impending interest in remaining in another NBA city different than Los Angeles have been reasons that have kept front offices from stepping up their offers, unwilling to give up any valuable assets in trade talks with the Spurs.
Leonard’s camp put out his interest to join the Lakers amid his outrage with the way he was treated by the Spurs, but he’s in no way facilitated any sort of good faith around league circles.
“Teams are going up and around every way they can to find out where he’s training, what he’s doing,” said one Eastern Conference general manager who counts his team among the interested, according to Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report. “There’s so much we just don’t know.”
Another Eastern GM brought out an important point, as players recovering from injuries usually put out videos detailing their road to recovery for their fans.
“It seems like every other player is putting out a video on social media of them working out,” said the Eastern Conference GM. “If Kawhi did one, he’d instantly get 35,000 hits, and half of them would be from NBA GMs. How can you make a deal or even an offer without knowing if he can play? He’s got to be seen. If he came out and played in preseason and looked good, you’d definitely see teams trying harder to get him.”
Leonard isn’t the conventional NBA star and he often keeps to himself, despite previous summer efforts from his camp to bring him to the forefront during an offseason tour. Yet he could be helping himself and his future by providing a small window into his offseason life and the state of his recovery by releasing a workout video, after all, money has not proven to go toward injury-riddled players, who historically find themselves undervalued and underpaid.