All-Star Kawhi Leonard Looking to Leave Spurs and Join Lakers
Reports say his frustration with San Antonio arose from the team's handling of his thigh injury.
Kawhi Leonard might be leaving San Antonio, sources tell ESPN. The All-Star forward is frustrated with how the organization handled his quad injury, and feels like he received backlash from the franchise when he sought a second opinion. According to the sources, Leonard is eyeing Los Angeles, preferably the Lakers, as his preference for a trade destination. He has not yet officially asked the team for a trade, however. If Leonard does become available in trade talks, the Boston Celtics would be interested in probing the Spurs about a deal, sources tell ESPN. The Celtics had asked inquired about a trade for Leonard before the February deadline.
Leonard could receive a five-year, $219 million contract extension from the Spurs this summer. He is allowed to opt out of his current deal after next season and become a free agent in July 2019.
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