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Sport Kawhi Leonard, Gregg Popovich to meet before NBA Draft, report says

16:33  06 june  2018
16:33  06 june  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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a close up of Kawhi Leonard holding a basketball © (Getty Images) Kawhi Leonard

Leonard appeared in just nine games for the Spurs this season and reportedly had a tense relationship with the team, though a number of sources claim he has expressed interest in staying in San Antonio.

Leonard, 26, signed a five-year contract worth more than $90 million in 2015. The two-time All-Star has averaged 16.3 points and 6.2 rebounds during his seven seasons with the team.

The NBA Draft will take place in Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 21.

NBA trade rumors: Leaving Spurs would cost Kawhi Leonard a lot of money .
How much money could Kawhi Leonard lose in a potential trade? Here's how the contract numbers break down. ..Leonard's next contractSpurs in 2018Traded this summer (re-sign in 2019)Free agency in 2019Years554Dollars$219M$188M$139MAverage per year$43.8M$37.6M$34.8MThat's a difference of $31 million if Leonard is traded and $80 million if the Spurs keep him for another year, allowing Leonard to opt out and become a free agent in the summer of 2019. Perhaps a trade request has come out of genuine frustration, but Leonard could also be using it as leverage for a new contract.

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