Skip to main content

The Kawhi Leonard, Gregg Popovich Meeting Reportedly Went Well

A closeup of Gregg Popovich.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Head Coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the second half of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Kawhi Leonard and Gregg Popovich met in California today, according to multiple reports. The San Antonio Spurs' head coach flew to Southern California to meet with his star player, who reportedly wants to be traded.

ESPN first reported news of the meeting. NBA insiders Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne broke the news.

From ESPN.com:

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich traveled Tuesday to Southern California and met with Kawhi Leonard prior to Thursday's NBA draft, league sources told ESPN.

For weeks, Popovich has been working to set up a meeting with Leonard to discuss the issues that have fractured the franchise's relationship with the All-NBA forward and caused him to issue a public trade demand in the media, league sources said.

The meeting, according to a report by Jabari Young, went well.

"Told Kawhi and Popovich did meet today, described as a “good” conversation. Expecting more dialogue in the future," he reports.

ESPN, though, says that Leonard has privately maintained that he wants to be traded. He reportedly did not want to sit down with Popovich.

"He has privately maintained that he no longer wants to play in San Antonio, and will eventually alert rival teams considering trades for him that his intentions are to sign in Los Angeles -- preferably with the Lakers -- when he can become a free agent in 2019, league sources said," ESPN reports.

It's certainly an odd situation. Mixed messages appear to be getting sent out.

Perhaps this is a situation that will be resolved around the NBA Draft. Multiple teams interested in trading for Leonard have high picks that could be sent to San Antonio. The draft is set to begin on Thursday night.