Still, the Spurs hope to meet with Leonard and his representatives soon in a bid to mend fences and pave the way for Leonard to come to terms on a five-year $219 million supermax contract that he will be eligible to receive starting July 1. If attempts to patch up the relationship fail, the Spurs will be forced to explore trading a player coach Gregg Popovich once labeled “the future face of the franchise.”
Storyline: Kawhi Leonard Extension?
Leonard played in just nine regular season games in 2017-18 despite receiving clearance from the Spurs’ medical staff to return from a quadriceps ailment. His decision to continue rehabbing away from the club under the supervision of his own medical team created a rift between him and the Spurs, as well as many of their fans. “It’s a bit of a dark cloud,” [Spurs advertising executive] Aguilar said of the saga, which ranks among the strangest in club history.
You’ve got this chance to repeat, you got relatively healthy as a team. Nobody’s repeated since Miami. On the list of things you can accomplish, does that have any bearing or impact? Stephen Curry: I think it does, because if we win it this year, that’s what that means. It’s something we’ve never done before. This is our second crack at it. Historically, throughout the years, I can’t remember the exact number, but I know it’s single digits how many teams have repeated in the league. We know how hard it is. We always talk about San Antonio, a team that won five of them but never two in a row. It’s totally different circumstances you have to overcome to win a championship one time, much less two in a row. We understand the moment. That’s how we got to this point. But, yeah, that means something. We know how hard it is, and it’s a challenge we haven’t accomplished.
Carsen Edwards, a shooting guard who averaged 18.5 points and shot 40.6 percent from 3, has generated at least enough interest to get workouts with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics. He has upcoming sessions scheduled with the Detroit Pistons, Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks.