That’s according to 2017 NBA champion Matt Barnes, who believes there is more to the story about Leonard’s supposed frustration with San Antonio.

Leonard played just nine regular season games last year after aggravating a quad injury that also kept him out of the playoffs.

San Antonio were said to be frustrated with Leonard for seeking a second opinion on his injury and there were some very public barbs made by players and those associated with the Spurs about the 27-year-old.

But now Leonard has aired his annoyance at how San Antonio handled the situation and it appears as though the relationship is beyond repair.

He has made it clear that he wants to head to Los Angeles, with a preference to join the Lakers over the Clippers.

However, the Spurs have seemingly set a huge asking price for the 2014 NBA Finals MVP.

And Barnes believes San Antonio have done that simply because they are not yet prepared to lose Leonard this summer, despite risking letting him go for nothing as a free agent in 2019.

“I think the San Antonio situation is a little funny,” Barnes said on The Herd.

“They’re asking for a king’s ransom on purpose knowing they really don’t want to trade him so they’re asking for the world knowing most teams will probably say no.

“Kawhi is arguably top two or three in the world. Hands down the best two-way player in the game.

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard wants to be traded to Los Angeles this summer

The San Antonio Spurs are still hopeful of keeping Kawhi Leonard

The San Antonio Spurs are still hopeful of keeping Kawhi Leonard

He added: “I think it’s a situation like once the trust has gone… the long term is probably done.

“To be of Kawhi’s statue, doesn’t speak very much and has always done the right thing… something serious has to have happened for him just to say…

“I thought he’d be there for the rest of his career so for him not to want to be there anymore, I think there’s more to the story but he’s not someone who’s not going to speak on it.

“It’s unfortunate and it’s hard to judge off that situation because we don’t know the whole story but something serious had to have happened for him to not want to be there anymore.

“It’s a great organisation, great coach, great situation.”

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