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Former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin says not so fast when it comes to the San Antonio Spurs trading Kawhi Leonard.
Appearing on his SiriusXM NBA Radio show, Griffin said despite the rampant rumors of Leonard wanting out of San Antonio and the team exploring options, until the two-time All-Star has a conversation with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford, none of the chatter matters.
“San Antonio is not into media frenzy. Until they have a conversation with Kawhi Leonard and he looks Coach Popovich and R.C. Buford in the eye and says, ‘Guys, I want out,’ none of this means anything. It really doesn’t,” Griffin said. “It’s a lot of fun to talk about. It’s a fascinating story. It’s wonderful, in some ways, that they’re now part of that media frenzy.
“But what makes them special is that they’ve ignored the noise for 21 years! They didn’t forget how to do that just because there’s some scuttlebutt out there.”
Griffin went on to say the Spurs are not required to cave if Leonard indeed wants out.
“Be very careful with the notion that they ‘must do something.,'” Griffin said. “Those dudes have been phenomenal at not forcing anything until it was absolutely the right time in their own minds.
“If something happens relative to the draft, it’s going to be because they heard something directly from [Leonard] and not because of the things we’ve heard [in various reports].”