Spurs’ relationship with Kawhi Leonard is over, ready to move on
There seems to be virtually no chance that the San Antonio Spurs and superstar forward Kawhi Leonard will be able to settle their differences. Leonard has made it known that he wants to get traded and the Spurs have also expressed their disinterest in continuing their professional relationship with the disgruntled former San Diego Aztec.
In fact, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times during a recent appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, the Spurs are at a point where they believe their damaged rapport with Leonard is now in an irreversible state (h/t RealGM.com)
“I was told yesterday in pretty strong terms they’re ready to move on,” said Marc Stein on The Dan Patrick Show. “They know this relationship cannot be repaired. This is beyond Pop and Kawhi meeting face to face and fixing it as Pop was able to do with LaMarcus Aldridge last summer. It is pretty much gone at this point.”
Leonard has already conveyed his desire to be shipped to the Los Angeles Lakers, though, the Lakers are seemingly having trouble coming up with a trade package that would satisfy the Spurs.
Kawhi Leonard played in only nine games last season due to a mysterious quadriceps injury. Over that span, he averaged 16.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. He has one more year left on his current deal, which will earn him $21.3 million for the 2018-19 season before becoming a free agent in the summer of next year.