The other major non-LeBron James storyline of this offseason is the drama with San Antonio and absent star Kawhi Leonard. After playing just nine games last season before sitting out with a mysterious injury, there's been multiple reports of tensions between Leonard, head coach Gregg Popovich, and his Spurs teammates. Despite the friction, Leonard said that he did want to finish his career with the Spurs. That might not happen if the latest reports are any indicator.
NBA insiders Chris Haynes and Shams Charania tweeted that league sources said Leonard wants out of San Antonio. In addition, Adrian Wojnarowski added that he might be looking to head out West to join Kyle Kuzma, Julius Randle, and Lonzo Ball over in Los Angeles.
Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio, league sources tell ESPN.
Kawhi Leonard wants out from the San Antonio Spurs, league sources tell Yahoo.
San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard has Los Angeles — preferably the Lakers — at the center of his preferences for a trade destination, league sources tell ESPN.
Leonard has grown uncomfortable with the Spurs and is ready for move, league sources tell Yahoo. https://t.co/uTux1nZYHV
The bombshell report comes a day after Tim Duncan and Popovich reportedly met with Leonard in New York to convince him to come back. The Spurs were also ready to offer him a supermax contract despite the tensions.
Los Angeles, of course, is Leonard's hometown, and the Lakers will probably be hungry for talent in the next few months. There's also the small fact that LeBron James and Paul George hit free agency.