His continued absence from the team reportedly caused divisions in the locker room, with veteran point guard Tony Parker telling a local paper that his own quad injury the previous year was "a hundred times worse" than Leonard's problem.
Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots a free throw during the game against the Golden State Warriors during Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on May 14, 2017 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. Trading for LeBron sort of takes the Lakers out of the Leonard sweepstakes financially.
That's exactly the type of story that came out recently between two of the biggest fish of this year's free agent pool, with Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports now claiming that Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James have talked about playing together. "Teams have noted this is likely a negotiating tactic, and it's widely believed in league circles Boston is more likely to propose a deal centered around Kyrie Irving and future picks".
The Spurs had hopes of reconciling with their superstar this summer and were willing to offer him a $219 million super max extension on his contract.
"If the Lakers can close the deal in that meeting, they have a great chance of stealing LeBron James away from the Cavaliers".
According to Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon, James will officially become a free agent by turning down his contract option for next season.
According to Smith, Durant did not see much reason to leave the Warriors, with whom he has won two straight National Basketball Association titles and Finals MVP awards, but Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com subsequently threw cold water on the report.
A source familiar with the Cavs' thinking said re-signing James is Cleveland's "Plan A, B and C" when it comes to free agency.
"If LeBron comes alone, it's the Lakers plus LeBron, plus cap space, plus good young players - someone else is going to come, it's just a matter of time", said Lowe.