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After two years at San Diego State, Kawhi was drafted by the Pacers and immediately traded to San Antonio, and Kim moved in with him. His bedroom was upstairs, hers down. They played Jenga. They ate enchiladas. During the Western Conference finals last May they went to dinner in Oklahoma City and bumped into Popovich. “Tell your son to be more aggressive,” the coach said. “He needs the green light,” Kim replied. “He has it,” Popovich said. Sports Illustrated

​A month later Kawhi won Finals MVP as Kim stomped her suede platform boots, sparkling with the Spurs’ rhinestone logo. “You see mothers of entertainers who don’t treat their kids like kids,” she says. “They treat them like stars because they don’t feel they can mother them and discipline them anymore. Kawhi is not a star to me. I treat him the same way I did when he was growing up.” In January, at 23, he finally moved out. He found a smaller house, 10 minutes away, and let his mom keep the bigger one. “I was like, ‘Really? Why don’t you stay one more year?’” Kim says. “He wanted his own space. It was kind of sad. But it’s part of maturing. I came here to make sure he was O.K., and I did that.” Sports Illustrated

May 5, 2015 Updates

The Spurs are well aware that Leonard will receive a flood of four-year max offers from rival teams on July 1 if he invites such interest as a restricted free agent. But the early word is that Leonard isn't keen to be courted, knowing he's regarded as the No. 1 building block upon which San Antonio hopes to construct its post-Duncan future and wanting on his own to stay right where he is. So the working expectation in Spurs circles is that Leonard and his bosses will come to a quick verbal agreement on a new five-year max deal that locks Kawhi in, which would then free up the front office to chase Aldridge and the other moves necessary to ensure all the math works. ESPN.com

May 4, 2015 Updates

Kawhi Leonard is a mortal lock to return, with a cap hold of roughly $7.2 million until he signs the max contract he’s absolutely going to get even after a poor finish to the Clippers series (29.6 percent from the floor over the last three games, one block and no steals over the last four). (All indications are that Leonard has no interest in signing an offer sheet elsewhere, and wants the security of a full deal over gambling with a one-year qualifying deal in order to hit unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2016, when the cap is projected to skyrocket with the NBA’s incoming TV windfall.) San Antonio Express-News

April 29, 2015 Updates

In his season-ending news conference on Tuesday, New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams expressed disapppointment that star forward Anthony Davis was not named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year. San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard won the award last week that was selected by the media. Leonard finished with 333 total votes that included 37 first-place votes. New Orleans Times-Picayune

April 26, 2015 Updates
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For now, there's no scenario where Leonard plans to pursue offer sheets on the market, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Leonard wants to be a Spur, and the Spurs are expected to come calling on July 1 with the max offer that they resisted delivering Leonard in the preseason, a move born out of preserving cap space to bring on a star free agent this summer. Yahoo! Sports

Paul Garcia: Doc said Kawhi was the clear difference in the second half. Said Kawhi looked like he wanted to show voters he can score too. Twitter @PaulGarciaPS

The Spurs had Tim Duncan present Leonard with his Defensive Player of the Year trophy in a pregame ceremony. Afterward, Duncan was asked his impressions of how deeply the award touched his young teammate. "Can anybody tell? I don't know." Duncan handed him the trophy, and the idea would've been for Leonard to stand there, that trophy high in the air and let the love wash over him. Only he bailed. "I gave him the trophy, walked off and he was [following] behind me," Duncan said. Yahoo! Sports

April 24, 2015 Updates
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Leonard received 37 first-place votes, 41 for second and 25 for third and a total of 333 points. Green actually had more first-place votes with 45, but appeared on fewer ballots with 25 second-place votes and 17 for third and a total of 317 points. Leonard, a forward who can guard multiple positions, led the league in steals with 2.31 per game. He only played 64 games this season because of injuries, but the Spurs were 46-18 (.719) when he was on the floor. Green would have been the first Warrior to win this award, which has been given out since the 1982-83 season. Contra Costa Times

Rudy Gobert: Can't wait for next season. Utah Jazz: NBA Defensive Player of the Year Results: 1. Kawhi Leonard 2. Draymond Green 3. DeAndre Jordan 4. Anthony Davis 5. @rudygobert27 Twitter @rudygobert27

April 22, 2015 Updates
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The Spurs understood that the new cap environment would present Leonard with unprecedented options, and they’re confident he’ll stay for the long haul. Leonard has also said that he’d like to remain a Spur for life, though no one should ever take those kinds of public proclamations as gospel. “I don’t know that I’m worried about [the cap],” Buford says. “It is what it is. We’ll deal with the guidelines. I hope that Kawhi is with us for a long time, and I know that’s no secret to Kawhi or his family.” Grantland

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