The Kawhi Leonard situation is one of the more interesting stories in the NBA in the last couple years. Why is it interesting? No one really knows what the hell is going on. Kawhi’s personality mixed with his injury mixed with all the different reports regarding where he wants to play make this story absolutely fascinating.
At the age of 26, Kawhi Leonard is one of the best basketball players in the NBA. In his short time in the NBA he has become an NBA Championship, NBA Finals MVP, two-time NBA Defensive Player of the year, two-time first team All-NBA, and a two-time NBA All Star. He is also now one of the most polarizing personalities with zero personality. His lack of personality somehow has created this aura about him. No one ever really knows what is going on with him.
Reports have recently surfaced that he wants out of San Antonio. To anyone who has followed this story, this is not surprising one bit. Kawhi and the Spurs have not seen eye to eye on his injury recovery and this has caused extreme drama. The Spurs have come out and said any team in the West can kick rocks when it comes to trading for Kawhi. Kawhi has come out and stated he wants to play for his hometown Lakers.
I am here to tell you this, Kawhi Leonard will not be leaving the San Antonio Spurs this season. Here is why:
Beautiful guy huh?
Gregg Popovich is the reason he will not be traded. (I always hated when people named Greg spelled their name with two g’s. What asshole parents he must have). He only has so much time left as a coach and he knows the best chance to one last shot at a title is through Kawhi. Let’s not forget, when Kawhi was healthy this team was in the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors.
They will need to add some pieces in the offseason but if you have a top 5 player in the NBA on your team then why trade him? Maybe the Spurs are finally deciding it is time to rebuild? History shows the Spurs are really not a team that finally decides it is time to rebuild:
The Spurs don’t rebuild. They have had a top 10 player in the league for the past almost 30 years. From David Robinson to Tim Duncan to Kawhi Leonard. The torch gets passed from player to play with Pop making pulling the strings. Since the 1989-1990 season, the San Antonio Spurs have missed the playoffs once. ONE TIME!
That is bananaland.
The Spurs are supposedly willing to offer him a $219 million contract extension. If they really wanted to move him, they would have done so before the NBA Draft. If you truly are going to commit to a rebuild, then you trade your franchise talent for a bunch of franchise changing draft picks. Not to mention, this is about as low as his stock can possibly get with the injury concern and the drama he has brought upon himself.
This relationship is something that no one can really seem to figure out. It makes the most sense for everyone to sit in a room and have a grown up discussion. There is too much top of the line talent to not make this work in my opinion.
Kawhi Leonard will be starting for the San Antonio Spurs come next fall.