This comes on the heels of Leonard reportedly asking for a trade - preferably to somewhere in Los Angeles - out of San Antonio. Leonard is a bona fide top-five player. "Teams can go decades without acquiring a player that good".
Kawhi's stance on informing trade suitors might be to get them all to not even try to trade for him if they know he's just going to be a 1-year rental before he bolts in free agency.
Instead of gutting their roster for George, the Lakers took a patient approach to the season, giving their young players an opportunity to log extended playing time and come back for George in the summer, when he could be signed without losing players or draft picks.
National Basketball Association free agency begins July 1.
A lot of people and fans are gearing up for a complete overhaul of their roster with George, Leonard and potentially LeBron James all joining the Lakers.
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich made the trip to San Diego on Tuesday to meet with star forward Kawhi Leonard ahead of Thursday's National Basketball Association draft, according to multiple reports.
But there is also the hope that all three could end up in Los Angeles. Furthermore, Leonard reportedly plans on telling other potential suitors that he won't re-sign with them in 2019 when he becomes a free agent, as he prepares to sign in LA.
It's the ideal storm for the Lakers, but the forecast remains hazy. Then that trio topples the Golden State Warriors dynasty and wins a multitude of titles. USA Today's Sam Amick added that the meeting had been scheduled for a few weeks and wasn't a direct response to Leonard's reported trade wish. They've made smart move after smart move over the past year or so; we will see if they continue them and hold off the temptation to drain their roster and assets.