Kawhi Leonard Reportedly "Wants Out" Of San Antonio, Seeking Trade To Lakers

Kawhi Leonard wants to be traded

Kawhi Leonard wants to be traded

One of the biggest chess pieces of the National Basketball Association offseason has put himself in play.

Kawhi Leonard's time with the San Antonio Spurs may soon be over. Among Leonard's preferred landing spots is Los Angeles - specifically the Lakers - according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Leonard played just nine games last season, before missing the remainder of the year with a quad injury. However, there was a question as to whether he should have eventually returned to the lineup.

Leonard is under contract with San Antonio for two more seasons, but he's effectively entering the previous year of his deal thanks to an opt-out clause for 2019-20. The 26-year-old was reportedly "distant" and "disconnected" from the team during his rehab, which sparked speculation Leonard was considering leaving San Antonio. The Spurs were also ready to offer him a supermax contract despite the tensions. Leonard has a player option, worth about $21 million, for next season on his current contract. There's also the small fact that LeBron James and Paul George hit free agency.

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Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs during the game against the Sacramento Kings on March 19, 2017 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

For the Lakers to acquire Leonard, they would likely have to send some combination of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and draft picks to San Antonio.

Leonard had the best season of his career in 2016-17, averaging 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists on his way to finishing No. 3 in MVP voting. The reports revealed few details, and the comments by the Spurs suggested that there was a rift between the franchise player and the organization.