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ESPN Analyst Sets Date To Watch In Kawhi Leonard, Spurs Drama

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Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio. At least, that's what his camp has led the Spurs organization and the media to believe.

Leonard hopes to end up in Los Angeles, with conflicting reports as to whether he wants to join the Lakers or the Clippers. The addition of LeBron James reportedly hurt the Lakers' ability to sign Kawhi - Leonard reportedly doesn't want to play second fiddle to LeBron.

Several teams have been interested in acquiring Kawhi. The Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, and more have entered the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes, but the Spurs have been hesitant in trade talks.

Another issue complicating matters is Kawhi's health. The star missed all but nine games of the 2017-18 season with a quad injury, and he's yet to workout publicly since.

Teams could be scared away from the lack of clarity regarding Kawhi's health. For those teams lurking in the dark for a potential trade, ESPN's Tom Haberstroh set a date to watch out for.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich leads the USA men's basketball team in a minicap in Las Vegas from July 25-27. Kawhi Leonard was named to the roster back in April.

The date is twofold for the Spurs and Kawhi Leonard. If he suits up for the minicamp and shows he's healthy, trade inquiries will spike. But it also gives a chance for Popovich to coach the two-time Defensive Player of the Year for the first time since the early part of the 2017-18 season.

There are a lot of moving parts here. Stay tuned.