Leonard Reportedly Considering Participating in USA Minicamp
According to ESPN, Kawhi Leonard is heavily considering participation in next week’s USA Basketball national team minicamp in Las Vegas.
Leonard was listed as an invite to the camp back in April, but his appearance has been in question due to the uncertainty surrounding his recovery from a quadriceps injury.
Interestingly, Gregg Popovich will lead the camp, serving as national team head coach. Pop, of course, is also the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs, the team which Kawhi has requested a trade away from.
Though Leonard has previously expressed his desire to play elsewhere, San Antonio may have other ideas. Reports last week revealed that the Spurs “could care less if their 27-year-old superstar is unhappy” and San Antonio is “not in a rush to move him if their asking price — regardless of team — is not met.”
If Leonard comes to the camp, it could present an opportunity for Popovich and the Spurs to patch things up with the disgruntled star.
On the other hand, the camp could give Kawhi the chance to show that he is healthy, and that he still resembles the elite player that he has been in the past. This could influence teams who were previously hesitant to offer up young talent in a potential trade.
According to reports, teams like Philadelphia and Boston have refused to part with players like Markelle Fultz and Jaylen Brown, in exchange for a player whose health is still suspect. A strong showing at the minicamp could change that, increasing the bounty that Leonard could yield, and going a long way towards satisfying San Antonio’s asking price.
How Kawhi Leonard looks, and what he does, at the USA Basketball minicamp (assuming he will be present) could have an effect on his future, whether it be in San Antonio, or with another contender.