The future of the San Antonio Spurs could be altered significantly in the next two weeks, and head coach Gregg Popovich is anticipating a prosperous one. The legendary head coach is trying to schedule a meeting with franchise superstar Kawhi Leonard, who is entering the final year of his contract.
If the Spurs can negotiate a contract extension, they immediately become a player in the LeBron James sweepstakes. If James can guarantee a future alongside one-time Finals MVP Leonard, he will be more likely to entrust his remaining prime years to Popovich.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, Leonard–who missed all but nine games during the 2017-18 season–is close to feeling 100 percent. He is eligible to receive a 5-year, $219 million super-max extension in San Antonio.
Leonard has spent time continuing to rehab his quadriceps injury in both San Diego and New York. Leonard left the Spurs during the season to spend time in New York in able to recover in a quicker fashion.
Leonard, considered by many to be one of the league’s top five players when healthy, has been hindered by injuries since suffering a severely sprained ankle during Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals in 2016-17.
Leonard has twice been selected to the Western Conference All-Star team.
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