San Antonio Spurs: Players are ‘not at odds’ with Kawhi Leonard
By Rob Wolkenbrod
There’s no division between Kawhi Leonard and San Antonio Spurs players, according to Danny Green.
Through the Kawhi Leonard-San Antonio Spurs drama, players like Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili spoke out on the situation. Parker called his quad injury “100 times worse” than Leonard’s, while Ginobili seemed frustrated with the back-and-forth stories on the team’s star player.
Danny Green became the latest Spur to discuss Leonard’s saga. He appeared on Chris Broussard’s In The Zone podcast (h/t Uproxx), and claimed there’s no division between the San Diego State product and other players on the team:
“I can say from our team and from their perspective and standpoint, I can speak for most of them, there is no odds. We’re not at odds with him. I don’t know about the front office, I don’t know about family issues or whatever that is. I would like to guess none because he’s in the facility, he’s at the arena, he’s still there, they communicate, they still talk and check up on him, he still works out with our training staff. But from the team’s perspective, there’s nobody on our team that’s at odds with him. We understand, we have his back regardless of what he’s been going through.”
That’s at least good, right? Even with the situation’s assumed criticism from Ginobili and Parker.
As for the front office, that’s something else to consider. Gregg Popovich does not only act as the head coach but as the organization’s president of basketball operations. How he, RC Buford, and other team executives feel is another story. Are they frustrated that Leonard remains out? Is there actually a divide between the two sides?
If there’s any tension, that might come to fruition in an offseason transaction, or if Leonard leaves in the summer of 2019, when his contract expires. Speculation grew on a potential trade Tuesday, when ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said NBA teams will check on the 26-year old’s availability.
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Will this situation resolve itself soon? A contract extension puts everything to bed, as the Spurs can give Leonard $200-plus million for five years — more than any other team. Could other factors influence his decision, though, and lead to a split?