REPORT: Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio, Lakers and Knicks possible trade destinations

The NBA off season is heating up and Kawhi Leonard got the ball rolling.

Several outlets broke the news earlier today that the Spurs superstar wants out of San Antonio. Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express News broke the news about Leonard wanting to be traded from the Spurs. Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania and ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported the same information just a few minutes after.

The reason behind Leonard’s trade request is his damaged relationship with the organization. Leonard has been displeased with how the Spurs handled his quad injury in the recently-concluded season. Leonard played in only nine games last season.

According to Haynes, Leonard feels that the Spurs “turned on him” during the time he was dealing with the injury.

Leonard, according to sources, has grown frustrated with how the organization handled his quad injury and feels the franchise turned on him once he sought a second opinion

Leonard has been in contact with team officials and was even supposed to meet Coach Gregg Popovich in the next few days. He is eligible for an “supermax” five-year extension this summer worth $219 million. But it looks like the 2014 Finals MVP is determined to move on from the Spurs.

Leonard is a two-way superstar that can change is a franchise cornerstone for any team. He’s only 26 years old and still entering his prime. That’s why several teams have shown interest in acquiring him as soon as news broke.

At the top of Leonard’s list of teams are the LA Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and the New York Knicks.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Lakers are “at the center” of Leonard’s trade destinations.

ESPN’s Ian Begley reported that “people close to Leonard” have shown that the Knicks are also a possible landing spot for the All-Star.

Teams that have shown interest in trading for Leonard include the LA Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics and Sacramento Kings.

Leonard can opt out of his current deal and become a free agent in 2019.

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