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The Spurs Are Reportedly Refusing To Trade Kawhi Leonard To Any Of These Teams

A view of Kawhi Leonard crouching down from the side.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the first 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 remains a member of the San Antonio Spurs organization. The question, of course, is how much longer will that be the case? A while longer, it's looking like.

USA TODAY has an update on the potential Kawhi Leonard trade out of San Antonio. The Spurs reportedly remain interested in mending their relationship with the All-NBA forward. And, if they are to move him, it probably won't be West.

The Spurs are reportedly refusing to move Leonard to a Western Conference team. This complicates things, since Leonard is reportedly interested in only re-signing with the Lakers.

San Antonio, according to USA TODAY's Sam Amick, have basically told all Western Conference teams that you can stop calling about Leonard.

From the report:

When Leonard’s desire to be traded from San Antonio to the Lakers was leaked via several media outlets last week, it was natural to wonder if he would become the star who compels James to come to LA. But in the days that followed, the Spurs wasted no time in sending this message all around the NBA: The only Western Conference team he might be playing for is theirs.

Fellow West teams have been told, in essence, to get lost – none moreso than the Lakers, according to ESPN. As it stands, the Spurs are determined to either fix the situation or trade Leonard to an Eastern Conference team. For teams other than the Lakers, the threat of losing Leonard in free agency next summer makes the prospect of offering meaningful assets a complicated, calculated risk.

OK then.

This is still the early stages of the Kawhi Leonard-Spurs saga, though. It's possible San Antonio will change its mind and get a trade offer from a Western Conference team that it just can't turn down.

Or, maybe, the Spurs will actually be able to work this thing out and Leonard will be playing for the organization in 2018-19.