NBA All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio, league sources told ESPN.
Leonard, according to sources, has grown frustrated with how the organization handled his quad injury and feels the franchise turned on him once he sought a second opinion.
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.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 15, 2018
We know there’s rumors that his UNCLE Dennis Robertson was the main problem in San Antonio, and now we’re hearing his Uncle is once again behind his decision on where to play, now that he officially wants out of San Antonio. The problem is the Spurs are under no obligation to accommodate Kawhi on what destination he prefers.
1) If the Spurs grant Kawhi Leonard’s request, they're under no obligation to trade him to a "preferred" team.
2) Their only obligation would be to make the best deal 4 themselves.
3) And it would clearly make more sense for them to trade him east than keep him in the west.
— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) June 15, 2018
Leonard is eligible to receive a five-year, $219 million contract extension from the Spurs this summer. He can opt out of his current deal after next season and become a free agent in July 2019. This should be an interesting NBA off season to say the least.