According to a number of coalition sources, Kawhi Leonard longed for the Spurs to trade him out. He wanted to play in Los Angeles (it was better to join the Lakers) and he also expressed his wish to play for the Knicks.
It seems that regardless of how much effort the Spurs and Greg Popovich have done, it seems that it is difficult to change Leonard’s ideas and feelings.
According to Yahoo! Sports reporter Shams-Chalaniya reported that sources from the Union revealed that Leonard wanted to leave the Spurs. League sources said that Leonard has become increasingly uncomfortable with the choice to stay with the Spurs and is ready to leave the team.
Why did he want to leave? Because of the gap and because of Bobo
The reason why Leonard wanted to leave was obviously because of the gap between him and the Spurs.
According to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, during the past season, Leonard insisted on his own medical team to assess his injuries and treat them. He did not accept the assessment and treatment of the Spurs doctors. As for when he can come back and play the game, Leonard also insists that his own medical team will have the final say, so since the January 14th game, Leonard has never played again.
The Spurs certainly want Leonard to be able to play, so the stalemate has caused a crack in the relationship between the two sides. He hasn’t replied to the Spurs’ information and phone calls for several weeks. When the Spurs played in the playoffs, Leonard, the leader of the team, did not join the team and did not cheer for the team on the court. Instead, he trained with his team in New York.
According to sources, Leonard was frustrated with the way the team dealt with his injuries and thought that when he was looking for a second opinion, the team was blaming him, which led to the distrust between the two parties could not be repaired.
What is the opinion of the Spurs? Tony Parker once said in the interview: “I have experienced the same injuries and it is 100 times more serious than him.” Popovich was impatient when asked when Leonard returned. Give the reporter a sentence: “This thing you should ask him!”
At the same time, the Spurs repeatedly stated that the relationship between Leonard and Popovich coach has not broken down. However, the problem is that Leonid did not comfort the teacher in words after Popovich’s wife died, at least in the media reports he did not see his comfort. Later, Leonard took a low-key participation in the funeral of Popovich’s wife and met with Spurs. However, the meeting did not improve the relationship between the two parties.
For another reason, perhaps the relationship between Leonard and Popovich is not broken, but Popovich is not far from retirement. ESPN senior writer Adrian-Wonaroski said in a report: “Only a few of those who are related to Popovich think that Popovich will be coaching for 2020. After the Olympics, he will continue coaching the Spurs.”
What Venaroski says is that Popovich may only coach for two more seasons. Moreover, Venaroski added that Popovich may quit the Spurs coach after 2018-19 coaching, and then use the entire 2019-20 season to prepare to lead the US men’s basketball to the Tokyo Olympics. work.
Obviously, Popovich is the head of any player who wants to join forces, but he may only coach the Spurs for a season. Under such circumstances, Leonard obviously does not want to repair his relationship with the Spurs. A few days ago, sources from the Union revealed that Popovich and Leonard are trying to arrange an official meeting. The date is likely to be set this week. However, sources said today that Leonard had recently communicated with Popovich but the two did not communicate face to face.
This is probably what Leonardo thought in his heart: If you don’t see it, leave it!
Where does he want to go? Would like to go to the Knicks preferred Lakers
So where does Leonard actually want to go?
According to ESPN’s Knicks team reporter Ian Begley, sources familiar with Leonard revealed that Leonard already expressed his willingness to play for the Knicks.
Leonard’s reason for wanting to play with the Knicks may be because he likes the living environment in New York City. After all, he spent a long time in rehabilitation training in New York. However, Leonard’s desire to go to the Knicks may be difficult to achieve, because the Knicks can come up with too few trading chips. There have been reports before that the Knicks would like to trade Leonard with the Spurs unless they take out grams. Rastaps-Polzingis. However, if Porzingis is lost and the Knicks can only continue to rebuild after they get Leonard, what’s the point?
For Leonard, the Knicks may represent a new beginning. An opportunity to grow his business value in a huge market can also free him from the shackles of the Spurs and Popovich.
According to Wonalowski, according to sources from the league, Leonard is more inclined to make Los Angeles – the Lakers better – become the destination of his transaction.
According to New York Times reporter Mark Stein, if the Spurs are willing to trade Leonard, the Clippers will actively seek Leonard through the deal.
Of course, Leonard likes to go to the Lakers as Venarosky reported. The scandal between Leonard and the Lakers has been long-standing, and the Lakers are among ESPN’s seven possible deals with Leonard. ESPN pointed out that although the Lakers can’t provide the Spurs with future draft picks like other teams do, they can provide potential young players such as Lorenzo Boll or Brandon Ingram.
ESPN contributor Kevin Pelton also said that the Lakers will even be able to form the “LeBron James + Paul – George + Leonard” Big Three combination this summer.
In addition to these teams, there are other teams interested in trading Leonard. The King is willing to send their second place pick this year. The Celtics who chased Leonard before the trade deadline this year are willing to join the competition again. In the war, the 76ers are expected to become one of the main competitors. I believe that more teams will show interest in Leonard later.
According to sources, currently Leonard has not directly expressed his future thoughts to the Spurs. It is expected that the Lakers and the Clippers will soon open a trading plan for the Spurs, but the Spurs will not rush to close the deal.
Loss 31 million! He does not worry about losing the super contract
In other words, whether Leonard will eventually leave the Spurs is still unknown. A source also said that Leonard and his team have expressed interest in a super-maximum contract worth a total of $219 million.
Leonard renewed a five-year, $94 million top-salary contract with the Spurs in the summer of 2015. The contract will expire in 2020, with the final year as a player option. In accordance with relevant provisions of the collective agreement, Leonard can choose to abandon the contract option for the 2019-20 season this summer, and then renew with the Spurs one year ahead of time and meet the conditions specified by the veteran.
According to the veteran specified terms, the first year salary (ie, starting salary) in the new contract of the player can reach up to 35% of the salary cap, and the total number of years is five years. According to the forecast data of the future union salary cap, the final calculation of Leonard’s new contract amounted to five hundred and forty-nine million US dollars for five years, accounting for the remaining 2018-19 contract (approximately US$2010 million). The total salary for the next six years will reach an amazing 239 million! This data will also set a new record for the NBA.
If Leonard leaves the Spurs and renews his contract with the new owner in the summer of 2019, he will lose the veteran’s designated terms and can only renew with the new owner for a maximum of $1.88 billion for five years. The 219 million U.S. dollars will be converted into 188 million U.S. dollars, and Leonard’s change of ownership will result in the loss of a salary of 31 million U.S. dollars.
However, according to ESPN contributor Chris Haines, a number of sources revealed that Leonard is not worried about losing the opportunity to sign a super-maximum contract. The source said that what Leonard feels now is betrayal and that the relationship between the two parties cannot be repaired.
Leonard is 26 years old. In the past season, he only played in 9 games because of injury. During this time, he averaged 16.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2 in 23.3 minutes per game. Times steals.
Leonard is still struggling to recover from the injury. According to one source, he feels nearly 100% recovered. “He is currently recovering 96 to 97 percent,” the source said. According to the current situation, Leonard is expected to fully recover before the beginning of the training camp in September to prepare for the new season.
Leonard has twice been selected as an All-Star, twice-defended defensive player of the season, and is the 2013-14 Finals MVP.
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