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Report: Spurs Hope to Avoid Kawhi Leonard Trade, Reach Supermax Deal

Bleacher Report says that the Spurs hope to meet with Leonard’s team and mend the fences.

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After a drama-filled season in San Antonio, the Spurs are hoping to iron everything out with Kawhi Leonard’s team and make him an offer he can’t refuse, according to Bleacher Report and Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express News (subscription only):

According to Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio wants to meet with Leonard’s team “in a bid to mend fences and pave the way for Leonard to come to terms on a five-year, $219 million supermax contract that he will be eligible to receive starting July 1.”

Orsborn noted Leonard’s decision to rehabilitate from his quadriceps injury away from the team and with his own group “created a rift between him and the Spurs, as well as many of their fans.”

While Leonard appeared to be the heir apparent to Tim Duncan as the face of the franchise, Leonard’s reportedly icy relationship with the Spurs was one of the dominant story lines of the 2017-18 season. In March, Spurs guard Tony Parker was rumored to have initiated a players-only meeting in which the Spurs players asked Kawhi to rejoin the team. Leonard did not suit up for San Antonio after playing nine games in December and early January.

Last week, Kevin O’Connor from The Ringer wrote that San Antonio “won’t settle for anything less than a grand slam package” in any potential Leonard deal.