Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Former Spurs Forward Bruce Bowen Slams Kawhi Leonard

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Cary Erickson | 25 June, 2018, 22:17

"First, it was, 'Well I was misdiagnosed, '" Bowen said. Plan B would require the team to work hard to deal Leonard for something approaching fair market value. Trading for Leonard very likely means acquiring him as a one year rental, a truth that should drop San Antonio's asking price.

Leonard played in just nine games last season due to a quad injury, averaging 16.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists.

Simmons did reference Sam Amick's report from earlier in the day, which stated that "the Spurs are determined to either fix the situation or trade Leonard to an Eastern Conference team". Brown is one of the most respected coaches in the National Basketball Association among the players, and veterans that came to Philadelphia raved about both his coaching and the atmosphere he has built in the locker room.

It's possible that San Antonio is simply feigning disinterest in constructing a deal with one of their peers out West as a negotiating tactic, hoping that one of the L.A. franchises will make them an offer that they "can't refuse". "Are you kidding me?"

"I think he's getting bad advice", Bowen said flatly in a clip posted to SiriusXM NBA Radio's Twitter page. "What you're starting to see now is an individual given a certain amount of advice, and it's not the right advice".

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Former Spurs star Bruce Bowen called out Kawhi Leonard for the way he handled his situation in San Antonio this year. It's a brotherhood. When that didn't happen, it's all kinds of sirens and alarm signals that says to me, 'Is this person fully vested?' ...

The Spurs held a team meeting late in the season where veterans, led by Tony Parker, implored Leonard to return. However, it's been reported Leonard is not interested in the money and wants to be traded, preferably to the Los Angeles Lakers.

It's not even a lock that a Western Conference foe would leapfrog the Spurs in the standings after acquiring Leonard. While San Antonio was in the playoffs, losing in the first round to eventual repeat champion Golden State, Leonard was rehabbing in NY - which meant that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, when asked about the situation, deferred all comment to "Kawhi and his group".

If Leonard stays in San Antonio, he will be eligible for a five-year, $219 million supermax extension.