Kawhi Leonard wants out of Spurs, looks for Lakers trade

San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green right stands at the bench with injured teammates Kawhi Leonard second from left and Rudy Gay center during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pa

In a bit of a shocker out of San Antonio, former two-time Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard reportedly wants out from the Spurs.

The Riverside, California native would like a trade to Los Angeles, and preferably the Lakers, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

People close to the Spurs forward have expressed a desire for Leonard to play for the New York Knicks, according to ESPN's Ian Begley, however, Leonard hasn't expressed a desire to play for the Knicks. Part of the meeting would include discussions over the $219 million supermax extension the Spurs could offer Leonard this summer. The Ringer reported later in the day Phoenix was expected to explore a potential deal for Leonard in exchange for a package centering around the 2018 NBA Draft's top overall pick. After all, the Lakers are among the leading suitors for LeBron James and perhaps Paul George, another Southern Californian who would like to return.

Talk in National Basketball Association circles is that Leonard wants OUT of San Antonio. and IN to the Purple and Gold.

The meeting between Popovich and Leonard was to be held before the National Basketball Association draft next Thursday to determine what direction both sides will go. Earlier this afternoon, a number of the top reporters around the National Basketball Association tweeted that the superstar wants to be moved.

Freetail Brewing company said they won't be offering Kawhi Leonard free pizza and beer for life anymore. Or they could pursue global star Luka Doncic and make him the face of their franchise if they do inherit the top pick in the upcoming draft.

If Leonard is traded by June 30, his contract carries the 2017-18 value of $18.9 million.

If the Spurs are presented with two similar options from, for example, the Lakers and the Boston Celtics, accepting the Celtics deal would make the most sense.

The Clippers are poised to begin their own rebuilding effort after missing the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons. Because the Lakers' pick this season is late in the first, and considering they acquire Leonard in the trade, future firsts aren't likely to be lottery picks.

We'll get to more on Leonard's contract in the minute, but James would be hard pressed to find a place where he could pair with two other players of this caliber in an attempt to take down the Golden State Warriors.

There were signs of strain in the relationship this past season while Leonard was sidelined.

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