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The San Antonio Spurs want to work things out with disgruntled star forward Kawhi Leonard and are currently rejecting trade offers from rival teams, according to a report from Bleacher Report.
The Spurs’ brass plans to have an all-hands-on-deck summer meeting with Leonard in the hopes of 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 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.
“The Spurs want to try to make things work right now and aren’t interested [in a trade],” a Western Conference executive told Bleacher Report.
San Antonio can offer Leonard the supermax extension this offseason, which would pay Leonard close to $219 million over five years.
Leonard, however, reportedly might want to take his talents elsewhere after what transpired this season.
“I don’t think the relationship can be salvaged,” another Western Conference executive told Bleacher Report. “At the end of the day, Kawhi wants out.”
According to multiple executives around the league who spoke to Sporting News, the Los Angeles Lakers are expected to go after Leonard this summer and some believe Leonard wants to play in the LA market.
The Spurs are still hopeful that coach Gregg Popovich, who repaired his relationship with power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, can talk to Leonard and convince him to sign the supermax extension.
“You can never say done because everybody thought that the Aldridge thing was over and that there was no chance to salvage that,” another executive told Bleacher Report. “Pop went in and smoothed it over. You can’t underestimate the power of the Pop in these situations.”