Report: Kawhi Leonard wants Lakers trade - willing to pass on max deal to make it happen

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If reports are to be believed, Kawhi Leonard is going to be doing everything he can in order to get a trade from the San Antonio Spurs to the Los Angeles Lakers this summer.

Leonard reportedly made it known last week to the Spurs that he desired to be traded away from the team this offseason, and his destination of choice is the Lakers.

However, there's no pressure for the San Antonio to trade him away since his contract doesn't expire for another year, and they're under no obligation to send him to Los Angeles either.

No Max? No Problem

It appears Kawhi may have played his last game for the Spurs, especially if you believe what Stephen A. Smith of ESPN about the forward.

The ESPN reporter has said that Leonard has made it "very, very clear" that he wants to be traded to the Lakers.

Smith said: “From what I am being told…he’s made it very, very clear that he’s looking to go to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers and he does not care about the $219 million super max he could sign.”

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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.

However, if Smith's report is to be believed, the forward is ready to wave that max deal in order to instigate his move away from San Antonio this summer.

Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said after the draft on Thursday night that the team would prefer to keep Leonard, but that they would explore all of their options.

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They tried to open communications again with the forward, as earlier this week, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich met with Leonard in San Diego, which was the first direct communication between the two since Leonard’s trade demand last Friday.

San Antonio will continue to try and mend fences, but it looks like Kawhi himself has already made his mind up. He wants to be in Los Angeles. Max deal or not.

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