Kawhi Leonard Trade Rumors: Spurs Not Shopping Star but Will Field Offers

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2018, file photo, San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green, right, stands at the bench with injured teammates Kawhi Leonard, second from left, and Rudy Gay, center, during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in San Antonio. The absolute unwillingness to answer certain questions is part of the San Antonio Spurs' mystique. The Spurs just don't share much. So there is some unmistakable irony here that when it comes to the obviously fractured relationship between San Antonio and Kawhi Leonard, it's the Spurs who are the ones frustrated by the lack of answers. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
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The San Antonio Spurs aren't sending out "u up?" texts to teams looking to trade Kawhi Leonard, but they reportedly aren't going to leave you on "read" either.

Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports reported the Spurs are not actively looking to shop their disgruntled star but are open to offers from other teams.

On Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN confirmed the report but noted the Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers have yet to have any dialogue about Leonard.

Leonard, 26, has requested a trade from San Antonio after his relationship with the organization and teammates deteriorated over the last year. He missed all but nine games in 2017-18, leading to a distrust between the two parties that has seemingly irreparably damaged the partnership.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Leonard met Tuesday night in Southern California, per ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne. Their report said Leonard "did not want to sit down with Popovich and has been purposely difficult for the Spurs to reach recently."

Leonard reportedly prefers being sent to Los Angeles, specifically the Lakers. He has one year remaining on his contract and is set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Any team willing to meet the Spurs' demands will almost certainly demand assurances Leonard is committed long-term. The Oklahoma City Thunder rolled the dice with Paul George last summer and could wind up looking silly if George leaves in the offseason while Victor Oladipo soars in Indiana.

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With that in mind, a deal is unlikely to get done by Thursday's draft.

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