The San Antonio Spurs have a major question mark heading into the 2018-19 season. They were defeated in five games by the Golden State Warriors in Round 1 of the NBA Playoffs to cut their season short, and won fewer than 50 games for the first time in 18 seasons.
With the season over, all attention turns to Kawhi Leonard, who played just nine games with a strange leg injury. It's unclear what exactly is going on between the All-NBA forward and the Spurs, but it doesn't sound good.
Leonard was spotted in New York City getting treatment from his training staff during the Spurs' playoff series against the Warriors. The mystery surrounding Kawhi's injury has led many to believe the Spurs and their best player are on the outs.
Fuel was spilled on that narrative Thursday night as Kawhi Leonard was seen attending a Los Angeles Dodgers game in L.A.
Now, it's important to note Kawhi is from Los Angeles. Leonard has been linked to his hometown Lakers several times this offseason, and his being in L.A. didn't help dispel any rumors circulating about his playing future.
ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski said the Spurs' relationship with Kawhi is broken, and needs to be fixed before the team can offer him a max contract.
"The relationship between Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs is broken, and it’s got to be put back together again before the Spurs are going to make that kind of a commitment to a player.
“And that’s going to take a lot of talking, communication and some compromise here in the next few months before the Spurs can make that offer.
“But the idea that an organization like the Spurs are just going to blindly walk in and give the biggest contract in franchise history to a player who has behaved the last few months like he doesn’t want to be a part of them… it’s not going to happen that way.
“There’s a lot of repairing that’s going to be done before they even make that offer, I believe.”
With one year left on his deal, the Spurs have two options: trade him either during this offseason or during the 2018-19 campaign, or fix the relationship and offer him a max deal.