Kawhi Leonard reportedly wants out of the San Antonio Spurs, according to a report.
Kawhi Leonard’s situation with the San Antonio Spurs became a topic of conversation throughout the 2017-18 season and seemed primed to take over the offseason. With a meeting set between him and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, it had the chance to work everything out between the two sides, with issues on the right quadriceps injury the former MVP candidate dealt with.
Well, Leonard’s next step will reportedly be to seek a departure. According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, the San Diego State product wants out of San Antonio. Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News confirmed it.
Kawhi Leonard wants out from the San Antonio Spurs, league sources tell Yahoo.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 15, 2018
— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) June 15, 2018
Leonard’s desire to get out of San Antonio marks a rarity in the Popovich era, which hosted superstars, like, David Robinson, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. All became members of the Silver and Black for their entire respective careers (unless Parker leaves this summer), so it makes the team’s current superstar’s wishes an abnormality.
However, with a trade potentially on the horizon, it will mark a shift in the organization’s on-court product. No longer will there be Leonard, or the hope of his return, for the upcoming season. Instead, it creates more questions than answers for who will don the team’s uniform in the 2018-19 season.
As for trade suitors, expect them to line up soon. The Philadelphia 76ers were mentioned as a suitor, and speculation surrounded the Los Angeles Lakers, which would mean a return home for Leonard. Other options, of course, could pop up as the draft and free agency nears.
It’s a historic day for the franchise, but not one anyone would look for. The 2018 offseason may go down as the biggest in Spurs history, so let’s find out what the next step is on this developing story.