Meanwhile, talented players like Kemba Walker, Kevin Love, Hassan Whiteside, and a host of others - including core members of the Toronto Raptors - could be available on the trade market as teams look to reload for next season, or change the course of their franchises in the coming months. Since taking over as the San Antonio head coach in 1996, he has turned the small-market Spurs into one of the winningest franchises in the National Basketball Association, and a model of consistency.
This summer, Leonard would be eligible to sign a monster five-year $219m super-max contract extension to stay with the Spurs - but the feeling on all sides is that there is work to be done in order to rescue the relationship.
Leonard appeared in just nine games for the Spurs last season before missing the remainder of the year with a quadriceps injury.
Enter: the Boston Celtics.
Wojnarowski noted that the Spurs "remain resistant to trades" when it comes to Leonard, but he added that the Lakers and 76ers have become interested as well.
In a report on Kawhi Leonard's future with the San Antonio Spurs organization, ESPN NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski dropped this interesting tidbit on the future of Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. The Celtics' young stars, most notably Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, broke out late in the season, and the Celtics have both players healthy and playing on rookie deals. With this spring's postseason success, though, along with San Antonio's lack of a desire to move Leonard, it does not seem that the stars will align.
The tension surrounding the situation intensified when, after opting to not be with the team for rehab reasons, Leonard was spotted three weeks later attending a Dodgers game in Los Angeles.