Gregg Popovich meets with Kawhi Leonard

According to reports, Gregg Popovich and Kawhi Leonard met in San Diego on Tuesday.
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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich met with Kawhi Leonard in San Diego on Tuesday in Womens Sven Andrighetto Jersey the hopes of repairing the franchise’s fractured relationship with their disgruntled star, Yahoo! Sports’ Shams Charania reports.

Turner Sports’ David Aldridge also confirmed the report via Twitter:

In and of itself that might not seem like a big deal, but for a 37-year-old veteran who weighs 300 pounds and was working on a night when the first-pitch temperature was 90 degrees, it was. At one point, it was possible he wouldn’t make it out of the inning.

After hitting the left-handed hitting Taron Johnson Authentic Jersey Jackie Bradley Jr. with a pitch with two outs in the inning, there was a chance Sabathia would be taken out by Boone. A trip to the bullpen was possible with Boston’s right-handed leadoff hitter, Mookie Betts, looming.

Looking back, he could have easily taken me out there for Betts, Sabathia said. He stuck with me and we got the out.

I always thought it made more sense for him to be a secondary creator if he went to the Lakers — he’s dangerous with the ball in his hands, but his relative value compared to the rest of the roster is far higher as a threat off-ball, which might also let him conserve some more energy for defense. But the greatest value I see from Rajon Rondo and Lance Stephenson is in what they could bring to the culture of the team. Rajon is a proven leader and culture builder from his last two stops who could help train Lonzo Ball to maximize his skillset even if he doesn’t develop a reliable jump shot.

Lance is a poor man’s Draymond Green from a culture standpoint; bringing energy and fearless communication to the team culture. Certainly, that could still work with maximizing the current roster, and with trying to get great free agents in the future — it’s a high-quality, flexible plan. Still, it makes me wonder if they are truly building for the present, or even with free agency in mind, or if the focus is really on developing the young talent that they have?

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