Kawhi Leonard Wants Out of San Antonio, Asks Spurs to Trade Him

Kawhi Leonard Wants Out of San Antonio, Asks Spurs to Trade Him

Kawhi Leonard Wants Out of San Antonio, Asks Spurs to Trade Him

Kawhi Leonard has reportedly become uncomfortable with the Spurs organization and wants out of San Antonio. Leonard is up for a $216 million supermax contract extension, which no other team would be able to match, if he chooses to stay with the Spurs.

Even though he wants to leave, the Spurs still have a lot of leverage here, and they're definitely not going to rush to pull any deal off considering we're talking about one of the best players in the world here.

The same source said it might have been wise for the medical staff to tell Leonard he wasn't ready if he said he wasn't feeling ready. The Ringer reported later in the day Phoenix was expected to explore a potential deal for Leonard in exchange for a package centering around the 2018 NBA Draft's top overall pick.

Back in April, Mark Heisler of the Orange County Register wrote that Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has a cardinal rule not to help teams in the Western Conference. Leonard - who was drafted 15th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft - has spent all seven seasons of his career with the Spurs. They could still make the offer to Leonard before honoring his wishes for a trade.

After an injury-plagued season with the San Antonio Spurs, it appears like Kawhi Leonard wants out and would prefer to be sent to the Lakers.

The Lakers could give up many young assets, such as Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, and Josh Hart.

In fact, they've amended the offer for Lebron James.

Clippers' Chris Paul drives the lane against Spurs' Kawhi Leonard during the second half of the game during the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday.

However, Leonard does not have a no-trade clause in his contract.

Additionally, it's possible Leonard and the Spurs could settle their differences before the National Basketball Association draft Thursday and he could sign an extension in the coming weeks. If San Antonio ever receives the chance to meet with Leonard, tackling these communication gaffes seems like a possible talking point.

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