David Griffin: Rumors 'mean nothing' until Spurs hear from Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard reportedly no longer wants to play for the Spurs, and the league's strangest fallout has reached the next level

Spurs star Kawhi Leonard reportedly eyeing splashy move to Lakers

An ESPN report in May said the Spurs were anxious Leonard's group - led by uncle Dennis Robertson and agent Mitch Frankel - intentionally sought to sabotage the team's relationship with Leonard in hopes of getting him traded to a larger market.

Both the Express-News and ESPN cited league sources in reporting that Leonard is determined to play elsewhere.

The person said Leonard has decided that he is "unhappy with the situation" in San Antonio. The Spurs star has requested a trade and Los Angeles is his reported preferred destination.

Having played just nine games last season primarily due to a recurring quadriceps injury, the relationship between Leonard and the Spurs is now seen as irreparable due to Leonard's distrust of the organization's handling of his quad injury. Cleveland doesn't have much to give them to tempt the Spurs to make a trade happen.

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Kawhi Leonard will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2019-2020 season.

The news of Kawhi Leonard reportedly wanting to leave the San Antonio Spurs rocked the National Basketball Association world on Friday.

Leonard also has just one year on his contract, giving the disgruntled superstar a say in where he'll go, as he can threaten to leave a given team after one year.

Unless the Cleveland front office gets creative in an offer for Leonard, which must include the No. 8 overall pick, it's a hard task to pull off.

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According to Cleveland.com's Terry Pluto, the Cleveland Cavaliers are one of the teams that have made calls to the Spurs about Leonard.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports is reporting the same info. Leonard spent most of the second half of the season rehabbing his injury in NY, where his medical team was based and where he trained with Spurs staffers.

"Neither the Lakers nor Clippers have had trade discussions with the Spurs, as both teams have concerns about the severity of Leonard's injury", Ganguli wrote. Will they be able to trade for Leonard and will that be enough to keep James from leaving? "Any deal with the Spurs for Leonard would mean trading draft picks and younger players".

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