The San Antonio Spurs and Kawhi Leonard are expected to meet this offseason, according to an ESPN report.
Kawhi Leonard missed all but nine games of the 2017-18 NBA season due to a right quad injury that happened before the preseason. In the midst of this, questions and turmoil surrounded him and the San Antonio Spurs, with doubt on their relationship. However, hardly anything has been spoken of publicly, so whether there is a rift or not remains a mystery.
According to ESPN’s Michael C. Wright, the Spurs have an offseason meeting with Leonard as a high priority, to see if the two sides can settle their differences. This would be lead by head coach Gregg Popovich.
Leonard’s $219 million extension looms over the organization, as well. Management and players will decide on this, according to Wright, but it comes down to ownership. Given Peter Holt and Julianna Hawn Holt’s ongoing divorce, Wright said it “could prove to be a difficult sell.”
Aside from the contract extension, this situation sounds similar to LaMarcus Aldridge’s from the 2017 offseason. Popovich met with the player, who wanted out of the organization, but turned everything around and obviously led to the Texas product’s return to the team for 2017-18. This resulted in an All-Star Game appearance and potentially more accolades to come.
Who knows how fractured Leonard’s relationship is with San Antonio. Everything has come from reports, with few words from anyone in the organization. Without the post-game media interviews, there will be fewer opportunities for someone to speak out, so it will continue to be a wait-and-see situation as the offseason arrives.
Not only how Leonard and the Spurs react toward each other, but what about the status of the quad? Is he close to healthy? Will this be a long-term concern that impacts his play during the span of a contract extension? These are just two questions of what will be an offseason saga,