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Spurs Popovich, Leonard meet in California

By Field Level Sports | Jun 20, 2018

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich made the trip to San Diego on Tuesday to meet with star forward Kawhi Leonard ahead of Thursday’s NBA draft, according to multiple reports.

The two had a “good” conversation and “more dialogue” is expected, Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Leonard did not want the meeting and has been making himself difficult to reach for the Spurs on purpose, according to ESPN’s report.

Multiple outlets reported last week that Leonard wants out of San Antonio and is upset with the Spurs’ handling of his quad injury and the lack of support he received from the team -- namely Tony Parker and Popovich -- while he was sidelined last season.

Leonard was reportedly supposed to meet with Popovich last week to resolve the tension, but it never happened.

Leonard will reportedly alert teams interested in trading for him that his preference is to sign with the Lakers when he’s eligible to become a free agent in 2019.

The Spurs aren’t motivated to deal Leonard to the Lakers and have been reluctant to provide guidance to rival teams when it comes to potential packages for a possible Leonard deal.

Leonard, who turns 27 later this month, has been the subject of trade speculation for months after last season produced extensive tension between him and the team over the handling of his quadriceps tendinopathy, which limited Leonard to just nine games.

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