Sport Kawhi Leonard Wants Out and the NBA Offseason Is Here

05:00  16 june  2018
05:00  16 june  2018 Source:   si.com

Report: Kawhi Leonard wants Spurs to trade him

  Report: Kawhi Leonard wants Spurs to trade him Kawhi Leonard is apparently unhappy with his situation in San Antonio, after all. Kawhi Leonard is apparently unhappy with his situation in San Antonio, after all.

The drama between Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs has reportedly run its course. Here are seven thoughts on the pending divorce. On Friday afternoon several outlets reported that Kawhi Leonard would like to be traded from the Spurs, and now the NBA offseason is real.

Kawhi Leonard wants out , and NBA trade season is here How did you like your offseason ? Was it good? Get a lot done in that almost-a-week between the end of

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On Friday afternoon several journalists reported that Kawhi Leonard would like to be traded from the Spurs, and now the NBA offseason is real. After a year of mysterious injuries, conflicting rehab timelines, sniping from teammates, and general weirdness that reached a fever pitch when Leonard was nowhere to be seen during the Spurs first round playoff series, the Kawhi era in San Antonio will likely come to a close within the next two weeks.

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Here are six thoughts as we process the news.

Report: Spurs will not trade Kawhi Leonard to Western Conference team

  Report: Spurs will not trade Kawhi Leonard to Western Conference team Kawhi Leonard will almost certainly try to pick his next team if he is successful in forcing his way out of San Antonio, but that does not mean the Spurs have any interest in granting him his wish. According to NBA reporter Chris Sheridan, there is a “0 percent chance” Gregg Popovich and the Spurs will entertain the idea of trading Leonard to the Los Angeles Lakers or any other Western Conference team.Sources: There is a 0 percent chance the #Spurs trade @kawhileonard to a Western Conference team. ZEEEEE-Row. Column: https://t.

Kawhi season is officially upon us, and with the draft less than a week away, so begins the most important month of the NBA calendar. As much as Kawhi may be the first offseason domino to fall, the specter of LeBron James hovers over everything. If he wants the Lakers, or anywhere else, he

But the space-obsessed NBA wants its wings to stretch the floor. Kidd-Gilchrist doesn't technically Never once has it seemed like the San Antonio Spurs are more likely to trade Kawhi Leonard than not. Here 's where all of the uncertainty kicks in: Leonard 's relationship with the organization can be

1. Kawhi Leonard at his peak is absolutely incredible. It can't be overstated. He's in an entirely different tier than stars like Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, or Paul George. When Kawhi is healthy, he's a perennial MVP candidate and generally a good bet to land somewhere in top three for defensive player of the year. We throw around "top 10" or "top 15" to describe at least 20 different players in the NBA, but Healthy Kawhi is safely top five.

His offense has become every bit as lethal as defense over the past few years, and during the last full season he played in San Antonio, he's grew into perhaps the most reliable isolation scorer in basketball. So, yeah: Kawhi is probably the most dominant player to hit the trade market since Kevin Garnett 10 years ago. This is a big deal.

Gregg Popovich reportedly met with Kawhi Leonard

  Gregg Popovich reportedly met with Kawhi Leonard The San Antonio Spurs are not going to let Kawhi Leonard dictate his way out of town without at least putting up a fight. In fact, one report says Gregg Popovich met with Kawhi Leonard on Tuesday, two days before the NBA Draft.Yahoo’s Shams Charania reported the information, saying the two met in San Diego (Leonard attended San Diego State for college).Spurs' Kawhi Leonard and Gregg Popovich met on Tuesday in San Diego, league sources tell Yahoo.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 20, 2018Despite all the talk about Leonard wanting out, he is actually under contract for the upcoming season at just over $20 million.

" Kawhi Leonard wants out from the San Antonio Spurs, league sources tell Yahoo." With the offseason officially underway, there was hope the Spurs could repair their relationship with Leonard and offer him ☑️ Get exclusive Lakers content here and stay up-to-date with everything in Lakerland!

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2. Trading for Kawhi is scarier than it should be. Teams trading for him will have no idea exactly how healthy he is or how healthy he may be for the rest of his career. He's struggled with nagging injuries at various points along the way in San Antonio, and this absence this past season was dramatic enough to give anyone pause. Per a May 1st report from ESPN and Ramona Shelburne, multiple specialists have disagreed as to what the injury actually is. The Spurs believed it was a deep bone contusion, while Leonard's camp—namely, his agent and his uncle and separate doctors he's consulted with in New York—contends that "the issue has more to do with an ossification, or hardening, in the area where the muscle has been repeatedly bruised, and then an atrophy, which in turn affected the tendons connecting the muscle to the knee."

In any case, Leonard didn't look like the same player in the few games he did play this season, and the nature of the injury will prompt any teams trading for him to issue an exhaustive physical in the process. And even then, there may not be 100 percent certainty regarding his health going forward.

Report: Leonard doesn't care about money, wants to play for Lakers

  Report: Leonard doesn't care about money, wants to play for Lakers The ongoing saga around San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard’s future continues. According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, Leonard has made it clear to the organization that he wants out and to be traded to the Lakers. Furthermore, the two-time All-Star forward is reportedly willing to sacrifice a chance at the super max contract.

Kawhi Leonard wants out , and NBA trade season is here . The Lakers have averaged 57 losses over the last five years, and have been The talks between the Lakers and Spurs on Wednesday rekindled rumors, a week after reports that Los Angeles felt after previous trade discussions that San Antonio

Kawhi Leonard wants to leave the San Antonio Spurs, reports said Friday afternoon. The Lakers, badly wanting this to be the offseason where they get back on track, may have just had a star fall If Leonard 's request holds true and the Spurs end up trading him, then this could be a blockbuster that

3. The Lakers are the rumored favorite. Here we go.

This was always going to be a monumental summer for the Lakers—the only question was whether it would be triumphant or deeply embarrassing. And now it looks we're heading toward the former. Adding Kawhi would immediately put L.A. at the front of the line for every other free agent on the market, including LeBron James. I have no idea what prompted this tweet from owner Jeanie Buss earlier in the week, but I like to think it came after an intimate night of dinner and tampering with Kawhi's uncle.

4. The Lakers have the best trade package for Kawhi. Aside from the inevitable "Kawhi Leonard wants a bigger market and grew up in California" dot-connecting, the most compelling reason to believe in the Lakers here is that L.A. can offer the best trade package on the market. They can include Kyle Kuzma, a player the Spurs reportedly coveted in last June's draft, Josh Hart, another over-achieving from last season, future first round picks, and most notably, L.A. could include Brandon Ingram or Lonzo Ball, or possibly both. Ingram and Ball both have varying degrees of superstar potential, and Ingram, in particular, would provide San Antonio with a building block to help anchor the next generation of Spurs teams.

Report: Spurs, Lakers re-engage on Kawhi Leonard

  Report: Spurs, Lakers re-engage on Kawhi Leonard We don’t think Kawhi Leonard is going to end up on the Los Angeles Lakers. In fact, we are heavily counting out that possibility. However, it appears as though the Lakers and San Antonio Spurs might be out to spite us. That, or like most things — stuff happens. According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst, the Spurs and Lakers are talking Leonard again. And there’s a bigger play at stake here, of course. The king.“The stakes on these talks are enormous because the teams believe a deal for Leonard would likely clinch a free-agent commitment out of LeBron James to the Lakers.

And other lingering NBA offseason questions. Kawhi Leonard is still a Spur. The guess here , though, is that Houston will figure out something that makes him happy enough Ginobili is under contract for next season , so his choice purely comes down to whether he wants to continue playing.

Kawhi Leonard ’s camp disseminating that he wants to be traded — and that Los Angeles is his preferred destination — was the opening salvo in an offseason that has a chance to both remake the NBA landscape and end more than two decades of excellence in San Antonio.

5. The Sixers will likely make some calls as well, but unless Ben Simmons is on the table, they don't have any player who compares to Ingram or even Lonzo. Markelle Fultz has too many question marks, the 10th pick is probably not valuable enough, and while Dario Saric would be a delightful addition to the Spurs family, he's not a star who could anchor the next era. Even bundled together, those assets may not match a deal for one of L.A.'s building blocks.

The Kings are reportedly interested in shopping the number two pick and could enter the fray themselves. What if Luka Doncic ends up in San Antonio? Then again, it's unlikely that Kawhi would re-sign with a rebuilding Sacramento team when he hits free agency next summer, so this would be a massive risk for the Kings.

That Kings worry is what complicates the market for everyone: with only a year left before free agency, next summer Kawhi has the ability to leave any situation that he finds undesirable. That means he can dictate terms over the next few weeks, and if he sincerely wants to be in L.A., he can make it happen. Of course...

6. The Celtics could get involved. Because the Celtics can always get involved. According to Adrian Wojnarowski and ESPN, Boston made an offer for Kawhi prior to the trade deadline in February. The Spurs elected not to counter at the time.

Kawhi Leonard reaches out to LeBron James

  Kawhi Leonard reaches out to LeBron James Forget about textgate, the very original name I’m now using to describe LeBron James reportedly reaching out to Kevin Durant to play in Los Angeles together. In fact, the King is denying that report entirely. Therefore we’re moving on. While the Lakers continue trying to acquire Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs, something’s come up. Per Jordan Schultz of Yahoo! Sports, Leonard has reached out to the king himself.“…Leonard has reached out to LeBron James, informing the 33-year-old superstar that he wants to play alongside him, a source told Yahoo Sports.

It appears that the Kawhi Leonard era with the San Antonio Spurs is coming to an end. According to multiple reports Multiple outlets say Leonard is seeking a trade from the only NBA team he has ever known. Per ESPN's Chris Haynes, Leonard wants to be traded to Los Angeles, preferably the Lakers.

Kawhi Leonard is apparently not walking through that door. The San Antonio Spurs All-Star is not expected to return to the team for the playoffs, according to Leonard has missed all but nine games this season while nursing right quadriceps tendinopathy, an injury that flared up late in the offseason .

It's a good bet the Celtics still have some interest—Danny Ainge always has interest—but the calculus has likely changed since February. The presumed centerpieces of any Kawhi deal now have significantly more value. Jayson Tatum went from "impressive rookie" to "potential superstar" over the final few months of the season, while Jaylen Brown looks like he'd be overqualified to be the fifth starter on next year's team—and far more afforable than Leonard, who will be due a max extension next summer.

If the Celtics decide they want to go all in for next year's title and enter the fray with Kawhi, they can do it. Tatum, Brown, and even potentially Hayward or Kyrie would be enough to get San Antonio's attention and could put talks with the Lakers on hold. But Ainge would be shaking up a foundation that already looks better than anyone in the East for the foreseeable future, so Boston would be risking significantly more than the Lakers, who won 35 games last year. Likewise, there's still the matter of inspecting Kawhi's injury and convincing him that he'd be better off signing long-term in Boston than he would be in Los Angeles. While the promise of a 60-win season probably helps the cause, it may not be enough to dissuade Kawhi from going home, especially if LeBron is headed West as well.

7. Whatever happens, the NBA offseason began in earnest on Friday afternoon. How does this trade request affect LeBron's decision? What about Paul George? If L.A. can land Leonard, could the Lakers be planning an additional trade for a third superstar? How much of this will be decided before next week's draft? And where does leave the Spurs, the most successful franchise of the past 20 years?

It was just a few days ago when news broke that Gregg Popovich planned to sit down with Leonard to clear the air and attempt to repair the relationship that seemed to unravel this season in San Antonio. Whether that meeting happened or not, a solution for both sides never came. Now things get interesting.

Report: Tony Parker's comments about injury were last straw for Kawhi Leonard with Spurs .
Parker said his quad injury was 100 times worse than Leonard'sAccording to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the last straw for Leonard was the comment Tony Parker made comparing the two's injuries. Leonard, of course, played just nine games for the Spurs last season due to a mysterious quad injury. Parker, though, returned to play 55 games despite suffering a ruptured quad tendon during the 2016-17 postseason.

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