Gregg Popovich meets with Kawhi Leonard in California

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This much we know: Kawhi Leonard's relationship with San Antonio soured this year, and he has made it clear he wants out of the Spurs organization.

Gregg Popovich flew to San Diego Tuesday to meet with Kawhi Leonard with hopes of mending fences, according to multiple reports.

Leonard did not want the meeting and has been making himself hard to reach for the Spurs on goal, according to ESPN's report. A right quadriceps injury, that saw him miss the first 27 games of the season, ultimately flared back up and saw him miss nearly the entire 2017-18 campaign, and was also the apparent catalyst of the rift that has formed between him and the Spurs organization.

Even if the Boston Celtics or another National Basketball Association team ends up trading for Kawhi Leonard, the San Antonio Spurs superstar doesn't intend to stay with his new team longer than one season.

Gregg Popovich meets with Kawhi Leonard in California
Gregg Popovich meets with disgruntled Kawhi Leonard

Even despite Leonard's reported feelings, it appears Popovich is still trying to fix the relationship, which fractured at some point during last season. That's been communicated to those teams seeking trade talks, although the Spurs have encouraged some rival team executives calling about Leonard to present an offer if they so choose, league sources said.

Additionally, Wojnarowski and colleague Ramona Shelburne reported, "The Spurs are unlikely to be motivated to facilitate a deal to the Lakers, league sources said".

Gay is turning down a salary of $8.8 million in order to hit free agency.

If it's the Lakers that take Leonard, will they wait until 2019 or sacrifice assets now to ensure everything goes their way? ESPN reports Popovich has tried to set up a meeting for weeks. This much has always been speculated: Leonard wants to join the Lakers, his hometown team.

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