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San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and star forward Kawhi Leonard met on Tuesday in San Diego, according to a report from Yahoo Sports.
Leonard has reportedly requested a trade from the Spurs and prefers to join the Los Angeles Lakers.
Spurs' Kawhi Leonard and Gregg Popovich met on Tuesday in San Diego, league sources tell Yahoo.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 20, 2018
Leonard, a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, 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.
Leonard will eventually alert rival teams considering trades for him that his intentions are to sign in Los Angeles — preferably with the Lakers — when he can become a free agent in 2019, according to a report from ESPN.
Spurs veterans Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili led a players-only meeting in April in which players asked Leonard whether he planned to return this season. Leonard was reportedly caught off guard by the meeting and remains irate with Parker’s comments.
Parker told the media that the quad injury he suffered last season was “a hundred times worse” than Leonard’s.