Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Gregg Popovich meets with disgruntled Kawhi Leonard

Gregg Popovich meets with disgruntled Kawhi Leonard

But the Spurs aren't giving up on their superstar just yet.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich flew to California on Tuesday and reportedly met with disgruntled star forward Kawhi Leonard.

Per a report from Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News, it was a "good" meeting.

According to ESPN's report, Popovich has been seeking a meeting with Leonard for weeks, but Leonard has made it hard to set up a meeting.

Leonard had told confidants that he did not want to sit down with Popovich and has been purposely hard for the Spurs to reach recently.

Though the Spurs reportedly wouldn't be motivated to trade Leonard to the Lakers, Leonard's demands and intentions may make it hard for the Spurs.

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Leonard would prefer to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers over the Los Angeles Clippers. According to ESPN, Leonard will let teams interested in trading for him that he intends to play in Los Angeles, preferably for the Lakers, when he becomes a free agent.

Wojnarowski and Shelburne report that the Spurs are unlikely to be motivated to facilitate a deal to the Lakers.

Kawhi reportedly didn't even want to have a sit down with Pop.

Despite Leonard's contentious relationship with the team, he is eligible to sign a five-year, $219 million super-maximum contract with the Spurs this summer. Popovich frequently referred to Leonard's "group" when asked about Leonard's rehab, and Parker said his quad injury was "a hundred times worse," but he came back earlier than Leonard. And given his track record over the past few decades, it may be wise to give him a chance. Leonard definitely seems frustrated, but Popovich must have at least some hope he can still fix things.

Regardless, it will be fascinating to see what happens with Leonard this summer.

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