The Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs' saga took a major step on Tuesday, according to reports. Leonard reportedly met with head coach Gregg Popovich in Southern California. The head coach reportedly flew out to meet with him.
According to reports, there are mixed messages coming out of the meeting. One report out of San Antonio said the meeting went well and further talks were expected. Another report from ESPN said Leonard did not want to meet with Popovich and he's maintained he wants to be traded.
ESPN's Stephen A. Smith has new information.
The ESPN personality/NBA insider is reporting what Leonard told Popovich. It's not good if you're a Spurs fan.
Leonard reportedly told Popovich, straight to his face, that he does not want to be in San Antonio.
"From what my sources told me, Kawhi Leonard met with Gregg Popovich face-to-face, looked him dead in the face and told him 'I don't want to be here. I don't want to be in San Antonio any longer,'" Smith reports.
That's not too surprising. Leonard reportedly no longer trusts San Antonio's management. He wants to be in Los Angeles.
Will the Spurs relent and ship him to the Lakers or the Clippers? That remains to be seen.
ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Spurs are unlikely to trade him to the Lakers. We'll see if that ends up being true.
Things could heat up over the next 24 hours or so. The 2018 NBA Draft is set to begin on Thursday night. It'll be televised on ESPN beginning at 7 p.m.