But the Spurs, who have no obligation to bend to Leonard's request and can still offer him a five-year, $215 million extension on July 1 if they so choose, had yet to have their say. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
Gregg Popovich traveled to Southern California Tuesday to meet with Leonard, something the Spurs' coach has been working to set up for weeks according to the report.
The report comes amid news that Leonard met with Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich in southern California, which was planned for weeks and meant to discuss a number of issues that have led to Leonard's desire to leave San Antonio.
Before the meeting took place, Leonard did not want to sit down with Popovich and purposefully made himself "difficult" for the Spurs to reach.
After appearing in just eight games all season due to a quad injury, Kawhi Leonard has expressed a desire to leave the San Antonio Spurs and, you guessed it, the Lakers top the list of desired destinations.
Compared to the other offers that are reportedly on the table, it seems that the Cavs may be offering the best deal for Leonard now. Although the ESPN report noted San Antonio's lack of interest in engaging the Magic Johnson-led front office in negotiations, it's hard to believe there would not be at least one phone call made.
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.
With the draft on Thursday night, Leonard talk will only heat up. No one knows whether they can trust the word of the advisors around him.