Don’t deplete assets for Kawhi Leonard

Don’t deplete assets for Kawhi Leonard

This sounds great in theory, and could very well happen, but I hope the management team opts to take last year's approach to the Kawhi Leonard situation, especially when weighing that the San Antonio Spurs likely won't deal him to a Western Conference team if at all, and that he, like George a year ago, is informing teams he plans to sign with the Lakers in 2019.

With the draft on Thursday night, Leonard talk will only heat up. Last week, Leonard's camp told reporters that Leonard wants to be traded from the Spurs.

Leonards desire to move out of San Antonio is believed to have stemmed from an overall mistrust of the organization over the course of the season and significant breakdowns on communication.

ESPN reported that Leonard remains upset with the Spurs' handling of his quad injury, which led to him getting a second opinion and taking the matter into his own hands, outside of the Spurs' counsel.

Leonard, likewise, seems to have a lot of points of contention with the Spurs, and teammate Tony Parker apparently didnt help matters any.

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According to Marc J. Spears of ESPN, the 6-foot-5 guard is being eyed by the Philadelphia 76ers as their first pick in the draft. Their continuous communication with Leonard showed that the Spurs have no interest in undergoing a full-scale rebuild.

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.

Leonard spent most of the second half of the season rehabbing his injury in NY, where his medical team was based and where he trained with Spurs staffers.

Moving out of San Antonio could cost big for Leonard, who has one year and $20 million left in his Spurs contract and a $21 million option for the 2019-20 season.

He was drafted 15th overall in 2011 and when healthy is regarded as the leagues best two-way player.

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