Yesterday, reports emerged and confirmed the worst for San Antonio Spurs fans that had any hope their team closing the gap between themselves and the Golden State Warriors, as Kawhi Leonard reportedly wants to be traded away.
Furthermore, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN added that the trade destination of choice for the forward is Los Angeles, either with the Lakers or the Clippers.
Kawhi is up for a $219 million super-max extension this summer whether he goes since he has the chance to opt out of his current contract next year. The Spurs would have been hoping that extension would have been with them but that no longer looks like it will be the case.
Despite nothing being confirmed, NBA fans have already had some quite outrageous and ridiculous reactions to the news about Kawhi.
As you can see in the videos below, some Spurs fans have even gone to the extreme of burning Leonard jersey even though he's still a member of the team.
This trend, if you want to call it that, probably won't pick up again unless Leonard's trade away from the Spurs is confirmed later this offseason. Obviously, however, some fans are so angry with the forward over the past year that they feel it's a requirement already.
The Spurs star was plagued with injury for most of last season. He missed the first 27 games of the season with a right quadriceps injury, only making his season debut in December. He then suffered a partial tear in his left shoulder in January, which caused him to miss three games.
Leonard was then ruled out for an indefinite period of time in order to continue his rehabilitation process from right quadriceps tendinopathy, even though he was subsequently cleared to play by the Spurs medical staff.
Since then, not much has been confirmed about Leonard's relationship with the Spurs. Fans only have reports to go by and, if they are true, the forward currently has a very tense relationship with his team.
Now, with the added reports this week that the Spurs star wants to be traded away this summer, it doesn't look like he will be with the team for much longer.
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