Report: Spurs rebuff Lakers on potential Kawhi trade
NBA.com Global on Jun 22, 2018 06:03 AM
FILE - SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 9: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs goes to the basket against the Houston Rockets in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals on May 9, 2017 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
NBA.com staff report
The Lakers reached out to the Spurs recently to gauge the possibility of acquiring Kawhi Leonard in a trade, but immediately felt San Antonio had no intention of engaging in any dialogue, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.
Within the last week the Lakers contacted the Spurs to discuss a Kawhi Leonard trade. As one source put it, “they basically shut the door on us.”— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 21, 2018
No players were discussed and as ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday, there has been no further dialogue between the teams.
Leonard has expressed a preference to be traded to Los Angeles, specifically the Lakers.
Spurs coach reportedly Gregg Popovich traveled Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) to Southern California and met with Leonard prior to Thursday's (Friday, PHL time) NBA Draft.