Spurs' Leonard wants trade to LA

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He has a player option for the following season which he would decline to become a free agent. In particular, ESPN reported that Leonard is "irate" over public comments from Popovich and teammate Tony Parker as his absence wore on.

Lakers star Kyle Kuzma added to the discussion on Wednesday night with a tweet that put Lakers fans into a frenzy.

That rumor is also likely connected to the Cavs' desire to trade for Leonard, who has one more year left on his current deal with the Spurs worth $21.3 million. It's exactly what the Indiana Pacers did a year ago by trading Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder when they were informed that the forward would sign elsewhere the following summer.

None of this sounds positive for the Spurs, as it seems Leonard's intentions of a departure are concrete.

Leonard - who played just nine games last season - was one of the top players in the National Basketball Association in 2016-17, where he averaged 25.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

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Even despite Leonard's reported feelings, it appears Popovich is still trying to fix the relationship, which fractured at some point during last season.

The Kawhi Leonard saga is set to rumble on deep into the offseason as the Spurs All Star continues to attempt to force his way out of San Antonio.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich reportedly flew out to California on Tuesday to meet with disgruntled superstar Kawhi Leonard.

LaMarcus Aldridge asked to be traded last summer when he was unhappy with the Spurs. No one knows whether they can trust the word of the advisors around him. He doesn't complain about a darn thing.

"I think it's going to be tough to gauge his [Cousins] market before July 1, it might take a little bit of time to develop", Charania said on the Yahoo Sports NBA Podcast with Chris Mannix.

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