It looks like the rumors about Kawhi Leonard's disdain for teammate Tony Parker were true after all.
A week or two after Spurs All-Star Kawhi Leonard made it known that he didn't want to play in San Antonio any longer, reports emerged that the main reason for the two-time Defensive Player of the Year wanting to play elsewhere was because of comments made by Spurs legend Tony Parker, comparing his own quad injury to Kawhi's.
“I’ve been through it,” he said, according to the San Antonio Express-News‘ Tom Orsborn. “It was a rehab for me for eight months. Same kind of injury (as Kawhi), but mine was a hundred times worse. But the same kind of injury. You just stay positive.”
It would be understandable for Leonard to get upset by those comments, given the fact that he was only able to play in nine games for the Spurs last season because of the constant issues with his quad, but there was some doubt because of Kawhi's reputation as being cool, calm and collected.
Well, according to ESPN'S Adrian Wojnarowski, who originally broke the story, Parker's comment was the straw that broke the camel's back in this Kawhi situation.
After Parker went public with those comments, things between the Spurs and Leonard's camp began to turn sour, as Kawhi cut almost all contact with the Spurs, and headed to New York to receive treatment for his injury.
With the relationship seemingly broken beyond repair at this stage, and the Spurs accepting the fact they're going to have to let go of Kawhi, it's a matter of when, not if, Kawhi will be traded.