Gregg Popovich meets with Kawhi Leonard

Gregg Popovich meets with Kawhi Leonard

Let's rewind to this time a year ago. 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 intention is to sign in Los Angeles - preferably with the Lakers - when he can become a free agent in 2019, league sources said.

And while teaming up with Leonard in L.A. would likely be appealing for James, it isn't a guarantee he'll join the Purple and Gold.

The team has many options heading into Thursday's draft including staying put and selecting two skilled players, trading up and selecting Luka Doncic or Jaren Jackson Jr. The Clippers will bring in some very exciting talent that will help them win games next season and for future seasons.

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According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne, Leonard is still very upset over Parker's comments over how he chose to handle his injury and feels that Popovich and the rest of his Spurs teammates weren't supportive enough of him.

There are parallels between George's situation a year ago and the current one with Leonard.

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich traveled Tuesday to Southern California and met with Kawhi Leonard prior to Thursday's National Basketball Association draft, league sources told ESPN.

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National Basketball Association free agency begins July 1.

But there is also the hope that all three could end up in Los Angeles. The Lakers have a strong nucleus and trading for PG-13 previous year wouldn't have put them over the top.

So as we inch closer to what's sure to be a insane offseason with plenty of trades and big names trading places, I would hope the Los Angeles Lakers take a page from last year's playbook and do not forgo assets for an expiring contract when they can simply add him to the mix and build upon a franchise trending in the right direction.

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