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Stephen A. Smith absolutely blasts Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard on air

Stephen A. Smith

Stephen A. Smith of ESPN arguably runs the loudest mouth in the history of sports journalism, and he added more to back that claim up by going nuclear while giving his take about the Kawhi Leonard saga on SportsCenter.

Smith has not shied away from expressing his disdain over the way Leonard is handling his situation. Previously, on ESPN’s First Take, Smith questioned Leonard’s genuine desire to play at all for the Spurs. While Smith did not doubt the legitimacy of Leonard’s leg injury that hindered him to play more than nine games last season, Smith did not hold back from putting Leonard on blast by pointing out to the forward’s apparent display of disinterest to play for San Antonio. That kind of second-guessing, however, has now been verified by reports indicating that Leonard is asking San Antonio to ship him somewhere else.

Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs do seem to have a damaged relationship that is beyond repair, leaving San Antonio with the option to put the forward on the trade block. That being said, nothing is set in stone yet. Leonard remains a Spur, though, his allegiance with San Antonio may end sooner than later.

Leonard stands to earn $21.3 million next season before he becomes eligible to hit the free agent market. Teams looking to trade for Leonard may have to consider the fact that the enigmatic swingman can choose not to pick up his player option next year.