Might the remedy for Kawhi Leonard’s mysterious quad harm be present in Los Angeles subsequent yr?
The stars could also be aligning for the All-Star small ahead to flip down a super-max extension with the Spurs this summer season so as to signal with the Lakers within the 2019 offseason.
The Lakers have been as soon as thought to be clearing area to go all-in for a free-agency splurge this summer season with the likes of LeBron James, Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins anticipated on the market, however have since despatched out indicators that they’re centered on 2019 as a substitute — placing Leonard within the highlight.
“That’s why [the Lakers] are spinning it into ‘wait till next year,’” a Western Conference executive told Bleacher Report. “They know they can get Kawhi.”
The 26-year-old Leonard performed all of 9 video games this season whereas battling a quad harm that grew to become some extent of rivalry. He sought therapy exterior of the staff whereas the Spurs appeared to develop bored with questioning when he would possibly lastly return — which he by no means did.
While Leonard is eligible to signal a five-year, $219 million super-max extension this summer season, step one could also be for either side to restore the connection — which the chief stated he doesn’t assume could be accomplished.
“At the end of the day, Kawhi wants out,” the chief stated. “… There’s a crack in the ‘Spurs Way.’ The bottom line is, every team goes through it. And now they are.”
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich already has mended one star’s relationship with the staff in LaMarcus Aldridge earlier than this season began, however now could possibly be tasked with doing the identical for Leonard.
Rumors have unfold concerning the Spurs probably buying and selling Leonard to considered one of a handful of groups this summer season, together with the Knicks, Celtics and Cavaliers.