But the Spurs aren't giving up on their superstar just yet.
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.
Midway through last season, after rehabbing his injury, Leonard was cleared to play by the Spurs medical staff, but he insisted on a second opinion from his own doctors and ended up spending the all-star break consulting a specialist and rehabbing further.More news: WWE Raw: Ronda Rousey given 30-day suspension for Kurt Angle attack
The Spurs are unlikely to be motivated to trade Leonard to the Lakers.
Last week, reports emerged stating that Kawhi Leonard wanted out of the San Antonio Spurs with him demanding to be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, putting the team in a bit of a tough situation. Furthermore, Leonard reportedly plans on telling other potential suitors that he won't re-sign with them in 2019 when he becomes a free agent, as he prepares to sign in LA.
Even despite Leonard's reported feelings, it appears Popovich is still trying to fix the relationship, which fractured at some point during last season. He is eligible to sign a five-year, $219 million super maximum contract with the Spurs this summer. Even if Leonard reportedly doesn't care about the extra money, it's harder to say that if the money is put in front of you.