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San Antonio Spurs: Adrian Wojnarowski on the Kawhi Leonard saga

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SAN ANTONIO, TX - JANUARY 13: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the Denver Nuggets on January 13, 2018 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - JANUARY 13: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the Denver Nuggets on January 13, 2018 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski discussed the San Antonio Spurs saga with Kawhi Leonard on the Jim Rome Show.

Kawhi Leonard’s reported trade request took over the early part of the NBA offseason Friday. It became the latest checkpoint of a saga that started before the season started, when the San Antonio Spurs star first sat out with a right quadriceps injury. He would only play nine games in the 2017-18 season.

It’s unknown what’s next, but there are plenty of opinions on this situation. That’s including ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who spoke on an edition of The Jim Rome Show

Wojnarowski discussed how the Spurs must “bear responsibility” for how everything transpired with Leonard. It stems from accusations over the diagnosis. However, he also noted that the organization still wants to work this out and avoid a trade.

Comments on Leonard’s status reached the media this season, which can partially be attributed to the Spurs taking responsibility. The infamous “group” comment from Gregg Popovich, referring to the people close to the 26-year-old star. Tony Parker even called his own quad injury “100 times worse.” 

Maybe the Spurs take some blame if this meeting between Leonard and Popovich happens. As of the time the trade rumor developed, they had yet to go face to face and work out their issues. Who knows how far this can go towards mending fences, if at all, and become a similar (but much more publicized) situation to LaMarcus Aldridge, who requested a trade in the 2017 offseason.

With the draft on the way, it seems soon for a Leonard deal to happen, pending someone throws a can’t-say-no offer at the Spurs. Otherwise, it’s a situation that can move into July and work from there, especially once the top free agents sign and teams seek outside help from the trade market.

Next: 2018 NBA Mock Draft: The final edition

The Leonard saga should be one of the offseason’s biggest stories, aside from the LeBron James “The Decision 3.0”. How soon will this resolve itself?

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