Leonard's relationship has deteriorated with the Spurs' organization after ESPN reported that the former NBA Finals MVP believes the organization mishandled his quadriceps injury, as well as comments made by Popovich and teammate Tony Parker regarding his injury as Leonard sat out most of the season. How much longer is that going to be the case?
On the trade front, we saw European teen rookie sensation Luka Doncic get dealt on draft night, while role players like Austin Rivers and Marcin Gortat swapped teams, Dwight Howard landed in Washington, and Wilson Chandler was moved to the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Spurs keep trying to raise the ante for Leonard, saying that another team is offering more, according to sources.
So far, reports suggest that the Spurs are asking for too much in return for their All-NBA forward.
The Lakers have reportedly been asked to give up Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and multiple first-round picks.
National Basketball Association insider David Aldridge reported on Sunday night that the Lakers have stopped negotiating with the Spurs until the asking price comes down.
"You gotta expect that he's gone sooner than later", that same West exec told The Undefeated. You don't want that dragging into the season. "If Kawhi did one, he'd instantly get 35,000 hits, and half of them would be from NBA GMs".
Along with the Boston Celtics, the Sixers are one of the few teams other than the Lakers that have the assets to trade for Leonard.
The Action Network released their odds after the 2018 NBA Finals and the Raptors were considered huge longshots (2.94 percent implied probability) to land Leonard this offseason.
However, if a trade can't be worked out to send Leonard to Los Angeles, the Eastern Conference is a possibility as well.