To no surprise, the San Antonio Spurs have rejected all trade calls received for Kawhi Leonard. It stems from the ESPN report that surfaced in early January.
Earlier this month, the San Antonio Spurs were in the rumor mill for unusual drama. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Spurs and Kawhi Leonard have a “disconnected” and “distant” relationship, due to disagreements over his rehab process. This was refuted by Leonard’s uncle.
Since then, the rumor front has remained quiet, unsurprisingly. It’s while Leonard sits out for “return from injury management,” as the Spurs let him rest the quad injury that sprang up before the 2017 preseason started.
Due to these reports, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders (h/t Yahoo! Sports), San Antonio received calls for the “Klaw.” However, these did not lead to anything, as the organization “shut down” calls before they started.
“League sources said their calls on Leonard were shut down before they started, so it’s not likely that San Antonio is ready to do anything drastic with Leonard.”
It’s difficult to be surprised by this, as Leonard remains the Spurs’ core player and one of the best in the NBA. How much the latter changes, depending on how severe this quad injury is, remains to be seen and may not come to fruition until the 2018-19 season, when he potentially reaches full health.
The 2018 NBA Trade Deadline is near, however, with the opportunity for the Silver and Black to make their first deadline-day deal since 2014. This was Nando De Colo for Austin Daye, which did not exactly shock the basketball world. Will anything take place before or on Feb. 8? If so, do not expect it to include Leonard.