Kawhi Leonard Rumors: Nate Robinson Says Spurs Star Wants Out of San Antonio

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 3, 2018

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) celebrates sinking a basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks onTuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Former NBA guard Nate Robinson said on Thursday that he has heard rumblings of Kawhi Leonard wanting to get traded away from the San Antonio Spurs.

On last Thursday's edition of the Holdat podcast with Robinson and former NBA forward Carlos Boozer (beginning at the 20:50 mark), Robinson said about Leonard: "From what I heard, from a little birdie, what I heard that the reason why he doesn't—not that he doesn't want to play—is that he doesn't want to be in San Antonio no more, is because that I heard a big bag was coming. But if he doesn't leave San Antonio that bag is not coming."

Leonard has missed all but nine games this season due to a quad injury.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Michael C. Wright reported last week that Leonard had returned to New York for the second time this season to rehab his injured quad.

That decision came on the heels of Wojnarowski reporting that the Spurs recently held a players-only meeting regarding Leonard's status.

Wojnarowski called the meeting "tense and emotional" and said the purpose of it was to convince Leonard to return to action.

Leonard, 26, reportedly told his teammates, however, that he was not yet confident enough in his quad to get back on the court.

Spurs veteran Rudy Gay had a different account of the meeting, telling RJ Marquez of KSAT News, "We all got together and we talked about things that were going on. Heated? I don't think so. It was just a conversation, nothing more than that."

Leonard is a two-time All-Star who finished third in NBA MVP voting last season behind Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

San Antonio is fourth in the Western Conference despite Leonard missing the bulk of the 2017-18 campaign, but at 45-32, it is only three games up on the ninth-place Denver Nuggets (the top eight make the playoffs).

Leonard is under contract with the Spurs through 2018-19, but he can become a free agent prior to the 2019-20 season due to a player option.