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Gregg Popovich meets with Kawhi Leonard in California
Reports: Spurs’ Gregg Popovich, Kawhi Leonard met Tuesday
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21 June, 2018

Leonard is a bona fide top-five player.

The Cavs were previously rumored to be dangling a package of Kevin Love and their no. 8 pick in this Thursday's NBA Draft in front of teams, though, that speculation was later refuted.

Leonard, a two-time All-Star and two-time Defensive Player of the Year who was the 2013-14 NBA Finals MVP, played just nine games with the Spurs last season after acrimony with the franchise about the condition of his lingering quadriceps injury.

Leonard has one year left on his contract before he can become a free agent. Popovich even suggested that Leonard might be better than LeBron James a year ago.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Wednesday that the Lakers acquired the No. 39 pick in the draft from the Philadelphia 76ers. With plenty of young assets, the Lakers could have packaged something together to acquire said player and try for an immediate rebuild around said player.

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There have already been multiple rumours emerging from within the organisation that they will not do any business regarding Leonard with Western Conference teams, and it's now becoming clear exactly how Popovich and R.C. Buford are looking to move forward with the less-than-ideal task of sorting out Leonard's future.

"Even so, teams will look hard". For the Lakers and Clippers, knowing they might have a shot at Leonard in 2019 means they might not be motivated to trade for him in the first place.

"LaMarcus has been a monster all year long". According to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, Leonard is determined to get to Los Angeles, one way or another.

The Lakers have been working out a lot of players and they might have found one that they believe could be a help for them this coming season. Spurs star Kawhi Leonard or someone in his camp leaked to the media that he wanted out of San Antonio.


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