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Could Tony Parker's Departure Help The Spurs Keep Kawhi Leonard?

Gregg Popovich talks to Tony Parker.

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 14: Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs talks with his player Tony Parker #9 against the Golden State Warriors in the second quarter during Game One of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoff at ORACLE Arena on April 14, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Tony Parker was one of the main characters in the Spurs' saga with All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard. His comments on his now-former teammate's injury went super viral and reportedly rubbed Leonard the wrong way.

The champion point guard, who's leaving the Spurs for the Hornets, told reporters that his leg injury was "100 times worse" than the one Leonard was dealing with.

"I’ve been through it. It was a rehab for me for eight months. Same kind of injury (as Kawhi), but mine was a hundred times worse. But the same kind of injury. You just stay positive," he told reporters.

ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Parker's comments were the "last straw" for Leonard.

Zach Lowe of ESPN says he heard the same thing.

Parker has since been asked about his relationship with Leonard and if he had a chance to talk to him since he made the comments. "I have no problem with Kawhi Leonard. We never had an argument. When the journalist asked me if my injury was worse than Kawhi's, I said yes because it was true," he told ESPN's Marc Spears. "I never had a chance to talk to him. He's been in New York. I went overseas after the playoffs. That is a conversation you have face. I have no problems with Kawhi."

The question now, of course, is if Parker's departure from San Antonio makes it possible for the Spurs to keep Kawhi Leonard. Reports suggest that the Spurs are in no rush to make a trade involving Leonard. Most reporters believe this is a saga that will last until the fall, at the earliest.

Perhaps Parker's departure will make it easier for Gregg Popovich and Co. to mend this relationship. Only time will tell.