Don’t deplete assets for Kawhi Leonard

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Leonard met with Gregg Popovich Tuesday evening to seemingly try and talk through some of the underlying issues that have led him to this point.

The Spurs disgruntled all-star forward reportedly asked to be traded on Friday, preferably to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The report comes amid news that Leonard met with Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich in southern California, which was planned for weeks and meant to discuss a number of issues that have led to Leonard's desire to leave San Antonio. The Spurs can offer him supermax deal of $219 million for five years this summer. Furthermore, Leonard reportedly plans on telling other potential suitors that he won't re-sign with them in 2019 when he becomes a free agent, as he prepares to sign in LA. The Sixers hold the rights to the no. 10 pick in the first round, courtesy of the Los Angeles Lakers.

"So far, the Spurs have been largely reluctant to give teams guidance on the players, or packages, that would interest them in trades, sources said", read the ESPN report on Leonard by Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski. "Teams can go decades without acquiring a player that good".

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There have already been multiple rumours emerging from within the organisation that they will not do any business regarding Leonard with Western Conference teams, and it's now becoming clear exactly how Popovich and R.C. Buford are looking to move forward with the less-than-ideal task of sorting out Leonard's future.

Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the Denver Nuggets on January 13, 2018 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Having said that, they stand to lose a lot more if they stubbornly hang on to him for the 2018/19 season as it's nearly certain that he'll bolt at his first chance. And thanks to ESPN's National Basketball Association insider Zach Lowe, we now know that they are offering the Spurs the No. 8 pick and Kevin Love for the 2014 Finals MVP's services.

As the draft approaches, we will have to wait and see what comes of this trade for the Lakers.

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