The latest Kawhi Leonard rumor has the embattled San Antonio Spurs star’s group wanting him to play in a bigger market.
The San Antonio Spurs enter the 2018 offseason with more questions than ever in this run under head coach Gregg Popovich. It stems on Kawhi Leonard, who has been part of rumors since January, due to a fractured relationship with the organization on his quadriceps injury rehab.
The future remains unknown for Leonard, and nothing has pointed towards a requested trade — yet. That may change if his group gets what it wants.
According to a report from ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Michael C. Wright, the Spurs are concerned that Leonard’s “group” has tried to “fray” the relationship between the player and organization, with the hope of a trade to Los Angeles, New York or Philadelphia — three of the NBA’s largest markets.
The report also dove further into Leonard’s “group,” his agent, Mitch Frankel, and his uncle, Dennis Robertson. Both apparently pressed the Spurs to get outside opinions on Leonard’s quad injury, which actually developed in 2016, and are the main lines of communication with the franchise, causing the relationship to deteriorate.
These details are just some of what Shelburne and Wright outlined in this extensive piece of Leonard’s quad and his relationship with the Spurs. That’s along with the “muscle vs. tendon” battle.
As for the potential trade request, whether this happens or not is unknown. The Spurs and Leonard still may need to meet and sort everything out. Once that transpires, if it has not already, that could be when the situation culminates and the two sides either mend fences or start the process of the NBA’s biggest offseason transaction.
Whoever is right or wrong, let’s see if the Spurs and Leonard’s “group” can work out their differences this offseason. There’s 60-win potential based on the past few seasons before 2017-18, so will the two sides move forward?