Report: San Antonio Spurs shut down trade discussions with the Los Angeles Lakers

Report: San Antonio Spurs shut down trade discussions with the Los Angeles Lakers

Coming into the draft, Kawhi Leonard expressed his interest in being traded and playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. However, the Lakers were unwilling to pay the Spurs asking price and now trade talks have stalled.

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Richard Martinez

First reported by ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, the San Antonio Spurs have shut down all trade discussions with the Los Angeles Lakers.

So for now, Kawhi Leonard will remain with the Spurs.

The soon to be 27-year-old requested a trade from San Antonio after the relationship between the he and the organization soured over last year.

The two-time Defensive Player of the Year missed all but nine games of the 2017-18 season due to a groin injury that has been the overwhelming cause of discord between the parties.

If there were ever a perfect time for the two parties to make a trade, Draft night would have been the night to do it.

However, many NBA analysts stated that the the Lakers were unwilling to pay the Spurs asking price.

And why should they? Even if the Lakers elect to wait it out one season, the will have the opportunity to sign Kawhi in free agency, keeping all of their assets.

It is unfortunate what is going on with this superstar. In early March, the franchise player said he "for sure" wants to be a Spur for the remainder of his career.

Other teams such as the Boston CelticsLos Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers could make a play for Leonard as well.

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