Leonard, Popovich could possibly meet this week

San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard and coach Gregg Popovich are trying to schedule a meeting with one another and could possibly meet this week, according to a report from the San Antonio Express-News.

The Spurs’ brass are hopeful that Popovich and Leonard’s meeting will aid in working out their differences and continue what has been largely a positive and productive partnership up until this year.

Leonard only played in nine games this past season because of a lingering quadriceps injury. He was cleared by team doctors to return but was never cleared by his own doctors to play.

San Antonio can offer Leonard the supermax extension this offseason, which would pay Leonard close to $219 million over five years. Leonard is close to being 100 percent and will be ready for the start of next season’s training camp.

Leonard averaged 16.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.0 steals in the nine games he appeared in this year. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year has been training in San Diego as well as New York since the season ended.

Yahoo Sports reported last week that Leonard attended Popovich’s wife’s funeral service shortly after the season ended and interacted with Spurs officials and staffers.

 

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