Kawhi Leonard Telling Rival Teams He Plans to Sign With LA Team
- Author: Stacy Allen Jun 21, 2018,
Jun 21, 2018, 2:33
"Teams can go decades without acquiring a player that good".
The 26-year-old Leonard has been a two-time All-NBA First Team selection, was twice defensive player of the year and was Finals MVP in 2014.
Now, PG-13 is an unrestricted free agent with a massive personal decision on the horizon. This strategy is one that should be implemented this summer, now that another household name is on the trade block. He has privately maintained that he no longer wants to play in San Antonio, and will eventually alert rival teams considering trades for him that his intention is to sign in Los Angeles - preferably with the Lakers - when he can become a free agent in 2019, league sources said.
A lot of people and fans are gearing up for a complete overhaul of their roster with George, Leonard and potentially LeBron James all joining the Lakers.
ESPN initially reported that Popovich was flying to California to meet with Leonard before Thursday's (Friday, PHL time) Draft before amending its report to indicate the meeting had taken place on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time).
According to ESPN's report, Popovich has been seeking a meeting with Leonard for weeks, but Leonard has made it hard to set up a meeting.
But there is also the hope that all three could end up in Los Angeles. Gregg Popovich has stated many times his unwillingness to trade any star player to a team in his conference and set them up to succeed for years to come, so a trade to the Lakers is unlikely to happen. Then that trio topples the Golden State Warriors dynasty and wins a multitude of titles.
This is what the Lakers are going through now as Paul George is heavily considering a return to OKC, but I applaud thr front office for keeping the big picture as the main focal point moving forward.
Midway through last season, after rehabbing his injury, Leonard was cleared to play by the Spurs medical staff, but he insisted on a second opinion from his own doctors and ended up spending the all-star break consulting a specialist and rehabbing further.