Kawhi Leonard and Gregg Popovich will reportedly meet before the NBA Draft to settle the drama that has surrounded the San Antonio Spurs star.
Woj says Gregg Popovich and Kawhi Leonard will sit down to talk between now and the 2018 NBA draft.
He says a lot of teams would love to get involved in trade talks for Kawhi but the Spurs are not entertaining offers right now. pic.twitter.com/cZW0SjLZNw
— Rob Lopez (@r0bato) June 6, 2018
The hope among the Silver and Black contingent is that this will be the first step in the reconciliation process after a season-long saga of mystery, frustration, and dissension between the two parties.
The root of the issue stems back to a nagging quadriceps injury that limited Leonard to just nine games last season. Friction between the team and Leonard’s representation continued to fester after the former MVP candidate was shut down in January and ventured to New York to seek additional medical consultation.
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While rumors have been flying around about Leonard’s dissatisfaction with the franchise, his desire to play with other superstars and return home to California, this meeting can be a crucial turning point for the future of the franchise. The Spurs are interested in offering Leonard the “super-max” contract extension but not until both sides have the opportunity to vent their concerns and clear the air.
If the Spurs and Leonard are unable to come to an agreement then the team may have to make some franchise-altering decisions going forward, starting with the draft and leading into free agency on July 1. As of now, the Spurs are not entertaining any trade offers for Leonard, which could serve as an olive branch showing that the team is committed to rectifying the situation and making amends.
While there is no guarantee of a resolution, the proposed meeting sounds like a promising step in the right direction after months of uncertainty. Coach Pop was able to talk LaMarcus Aldridge off the trade request ledge last summer and hopefully he can use his wealth of experience to find a way to re-connect with his star player and re-build that relationship. Regardless of the outcome, it appears this story could reach its climax within the coming weeks.