Spurs’ Gregg Popovich, Kawhi Leonard met Tuesday

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Last week, reports emerged stating that Kawhi Leonard wanted out of the San Antonio Spurs with him demanding to be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, putting the team in a bit of a tough situation.

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich met with Leonard on Tuesday to discuss the two-time Defensive Player of the Year's relationship with the franchise and hammer out why he wants to be traded.

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard wants a trade to Los Angeles, preferably the Lakers over the Clippers, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne. Among the issues, Leonard is angry over what he believes was the Spurs' mishandling of his quad injury, and he remains irate with public comments from teammate Tony Parker and Popovich that he felt were not supportive of him, league sources said.

Reports are conflicting as to whether Popovich and Leonard actually met. But as it stands now, Leonard seems intent on getting a fresh start elsewhere and has his sights set on Hollywood.

Though the Spurs reportedly wouldn't be motivated to trade Leonard to the Lakers, Leonard's demands and intentions may make it hard for the Spurs.

The forward played in just nine games this season and averaged 16.2 points, 2.3 assists and 4.7 rebounds. He is eligible to sign a five-year, $219 million supermax extension with San Antonio this summer.

If Leonard affirmed his desire to leave the Spurs, it's possible the front office could begin seriously engaging with other teams in trade talks, with the hopes of netting a deal they like on draft night. Despite being cleared to return by the Spurs - notoriously cautious with injuries - Leonard continued to rehab and seek outside opinions.

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