This would also allow them to confirm that this is what Leonard truly wants (and not just the people in his inner circle). Therefore, he can become an unrestricted free agent once the 2018-2019 National Basketball Association season concludes. But what makes them special is they've ignored the noise for 21 years!
It's also worth noting that the Spurs could take their time with this process and trade Leonard after the draft or even after the season starts.
Leonard has only made two All-Star teams but is nonetheless regarded as one of the NBA's best players, even though he only played nine games previous year because of a quad injury that drove a wedge between him and the Spurs over how to care for it.
Earlier last week it was reported by Shams Charania that superstar Kawhi Leonard was fed up and wanted out of San Antonio and that his preferred destinations were either the Los Angeles Lakers or the New York Knicks.
Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. There have been indications Gregg Popovich does not want to trade Leonard to the Lakers, and that's probably ramped up now as they may eye building a super-team with LeBron James and/or Paul George to go with Leonard. In the end, James is not bolting out the door to any team yet, every team mentioned to be in the race has the same chance as they did two weeks ago. The only package that sounds interesting to the Spurs would have to be built around Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and draft considerations, with Luol Deng tossed in to make the money work.
Harris and one of their first-round picks on Thursday night would be a starting point for the Clippers in any trade talks involving Leonard. According to Sheridan, however, that's exactly what the San Antonio intends to do. "Kevin Love has a $24 million deal for 2018-19 and a $25 million player option for 2019-20", Pluto explained.