Gregg Popovich, Kawhi Leonard trying to meet

Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard Expects to Sign Contract Extension

Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard Expects to Sign Contract Extension

The NBA's off-season is shaping up to be a landscape-altering summer that could see plenty of All-NBA talent switching teams via trades or free agency. Meanwhile, talented players like Kemba Walker, Kevin Love, Hassan Whiteside, and a host of others - including core members of the Toronto Raptors - could be available on the trade market as teams look to reload for next season, or change the course of their franchises in the coming months.

After the Boston Celtics took the first shot at trying out a trade for Kawhi Leonard, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers could be next in line to make a move if he declines a max extension offer this summer.

Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs stands on the court during Game One of the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on May 14, 2017. San Antonio wasn't willing to discuss deals for Leonard in February.

Leonard has endured a freaky season with the Spurs, making just eight appearances while struggling with a mystery quadriceps injury that has stirred up tension between the player and team representatives.

Should the reconciliation talks go well, the Spurs will likely keep Leonard and continue to reject trade offers. With the tensions between Leonard and the Spurs well-documented, and San Antonio not wanting to risk watching him walk when he becomes a free agent in the summer of 2019, Leonard's name came up in trade rumours that seemed more like fantasy than reality.

According to Wojnarowski, the Spurs weren't interested in trading Leonard at the deadline, despite injury concerns and widely reported inner turmoil involving the two-time All-NBA forward and 2014 NBA Finals MVP.

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