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Kawhi Leonard Trade Rumors: Conflicting Reports Surround Lakers, Spurs Contact

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 21, 2018

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) moves the ball up court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 112-80. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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Knowing that they are Kawhi Leonard's preferred destination, there are conflicting reports about the Los Angeles Lakers' current level of interest in engaging in trade talks. 

Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers and San Antonio Spurs have had no dialogue about a trade involving the two-time All-Star.

Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania noted the Lakers have reached out to the Spurs to let them know they are interested in acquiring Leonard, but no trade proposals have been talked about so far. 

Yahoo Sports' Chris Mannix reported on Wednesday that the Spurs aren't actively shopping Leonard, but they will listen to offers from other teams. 

According to Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com, Leonard met with Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich in California on Tuesday. The two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year is "angry over what he believes was the Spurs' mishandling of his quad injury," and he will reportedly alert teams interested in acquiring him that his intention is to go to Los Angeles as a free agent next summer. 

The 26-year-old was limited to only nine games last season due to his injury, averaging 16.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

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