The San Antonio Spurs are resisting trade offers for star forward Kawhi Leonard — but if they change their minds, the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers are interested, according to ESPN.
Leonard was shelved for all but nine games by an injured quad. His rehab process apparently created some drama with the front office and perhaps Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
While the sides are reportedly trying to find a common ground, the rest of the NBA seems to be hoping Leonard becomes available. He is eligible for a five-year supermax contract with the Spurs.
But what happens next remains up for debate and doubt.
Per the San Antonio Express-News:
“With the NBA Draft approaching, the Spurs are attempting to settle in-house business first, starting with Leonard. League sources tell the Express-News head coach Gregg Popovich and Leonard are trying to schedule a meeting, possibly this week, to discuss any issues or concerns Leonard may have, and hopefully come to a decision on offering Leonard the five-year, $219 million supermax extension he is eligible to receive.”
San Antonio free agent guard Danny Green told reporters recently Leonard has said he wants to retire with the Spurs.
“When I talked to him, he says he’s been with us, he’s always on board with us and (wanted) to be a part of what we did, and he’s trying to get right,” Green said. “But things may change.”
The Boston Celtics made a trade offer for Leonard in February, according to ESPN, but the Spurs rejected the potential deal.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies are other teams said to be closely monitoring the Leonard situation.