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NBA Rumors Stories for Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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The Spurs appear to be putting on a full-court press in attempts to keep Kawhi Leonard in the fold. Coach Gregg Popovich traveled to San Diego on Tuesday to meet with the disgruntled star forward, league sources said. Express News

The news comes four days after sources close to Leonard told various media outlets the two-time All-Star wanted out of San Antonio. With the NBA draft looming Thursday, the detente with Popovich was meant to gauge Leonard's thought process and determine whether the relationship could be salvaged. The Spurs have not engaged on trade offers for Leonard so far, but that could change in the next several hours as the team further weighs its options. Express News

San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard met with coach Gregg Popovich on Tuesday in San Diego, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The meeting between the two faces of the Spurs’ franchise was done professionally and confidentially, league sources said. Yahoo Sports

Leonard attended the private memorial service for Popovich’s late wife, Erin, in San Antonio after the season ended, and he interacted with team officials. Leonard, 26, is under contract for two more seasons and owed $41.4 million, but has a player option for 2019-20. Yahoo Sports

Leonard wants a trade to Los Angeles, preferably the Lakers over the Clippers, league sources said.

He has privately maintained that he no longer wants to play in San Antonio, and will eventually alert rival teams considering trades for him that his intentions are to sign in Los Angeles -- preferably with the Lakers -- when he can become a free agent in 2019, league sources said.

Leonard had told confidants that he did not want to sit down with Popovich and has been purposely difficult for the Spurs to reach recently.

A group of Inglewood residents filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging the city violated state laws by entering into an exclusive negotiating agreement to develop public land for the Los Angeles Clippers' new stadium. This is the second lawsuit filed in the past three months against the City of Inglewood related to the Clippers' proposed stadium.

Yet another longtime sports personality has been shown the door at NBC Sports Philadelphia. Molly Sullivan, who has been the network’s Sixers sideline reporter since 2012, announced on Twitter Tuesday evening that NBC Sports Philly is moving in a “new direction,” a decision she called “heartbreaking.”

Another Stephen Curry game-used mouthguard is going up for sale. This particular one was used by Curry in Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Finals as the Golden State Warriors completed their sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers. It will hit the auction block in California-based firm SCP Auctions' next sale that begins July 26 and concludes Aug. 11.


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