Kawhi Leonard doesn't want to play for San Antonio going forward. For reasons unknown, Leonard's relationship with the Spurs soured following the star's injury-plagued 2017-18 season.
Did the team disagree on the best way to handle his health? If so, is that enough to ruin a relationship that brought a championship and had Kawhi being mentioned as one of the top three players on the planet?
On Tuesday afternoon, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski dropped a new piece detailing the bizarre saga between the scorned star and storied franchise.
Woj highlighted what the Spurs are asking for in return for the two-time Defensive Player of the Year.
Through conversations with opposing teams, it appears that the Spurs want to bring back an All-Star-caliber player, high-potential young players and draft assets in a Leonard deal.
It's a hefty asking price from the Spurs, especially with Kawhi entering the final year of his contract. A team trading for the 2014 NBA Finals MVP has no assurances Leonard will sign a longterm deal with any organization other than the Lakers.
Wojnarowski has made it clear Leonard only has eyes for Los Angeles, and the Lakers are the "it" franchise.
In the meantime, Leonard is reportedly "seriously considering participation in the USA Basketball national team's minicamp in Las Vegas next week." Gregg Popovich is the coach of the USA team, which would force at least some interaction between Pop and Leonard.
Stay tuned for more.