Leonard had told confidants that he did not want to sit down with Popovich and has been purposely hard for the Spurs to reach recently.
Leonard has one year left on his contract before he can become a free agent. In particular, ESPN reported that Leonard is "irate" over public comments from Popovich and teammate Tony Parker as his absence wore on.
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So far, the Spurs have been largely reluctant to give teams guidance on the players, or packages, that would interest them in trades, sources said.
Gay, in his first season with the Spurs, averaged 11.5 points - his lowest since his rookie season in 2006-07 - and 5.1 rebounds in 57 games.
It's not known exactly what went down during the meeting between Leonard and Popovich, but San Antonio doesn't yet appear to be in any rush to deal their best player. "With Leonard, obtaining such assurance may not even be possible". Whether or not the Spurs move that soon is unknown, but on one of the NBA's busiest nights of the year, how many calls will they take on their disgruntled star? The Spurs can offer him supermax deal of $219 million for five years this summer.
"I think it's going to be tough to gauge his [Cousins] market before July 1, it might take a little bit of time to develop", Charania said on the Yahoo Sports NBA Podcast with Chris Mannix.
The Spurs still don't have to trade Leonard to the Lakers or Clippers; their options are just diminished.