But the legendary Spurs coach is hoping to have a similar conversation with Kawhi in the hope of keeping him in San Antonio for the foreseeable future.
Without Leonard for a majority of the season, the Spurs struggled to qualify for the playoffs and finished with a 47-35 record.
The meeting is expected to take place over the summer. Before Zaza Pachulia, deliberately or not, injured Leonard in the third quarter of game 1, the Spurs were in firm control of the game, giving Golden State all kinds of problems, mostly from the direction of Leonard.
In fact, we're just getting into prime National Basketball Association trade rumors season.
All told, it seems like an offseason like no other awaits the Spurs. After less than a month he suffered from a partial tear in his left shoulder, causing him to miss more time.
This is where the problems really started for the Spurs and Leonard.
The 26-year-old distanced himself from the team and chose to undergo rehab in NY with his own personal medical team. Leonard has worked with his own doctors instead of the Spurs' medical staff, and the information provided about his status has been vague, at best.
Leonard has enjoyed his time in NY and isn't averse to playing in a major market. He returned to the team's lineup briefly but did not come back again after complaining of soreness in his injured thigh following the Spurs' home win over Denver on January 13.
However, teammate Danny Green doesn't want to worry about that just yet.
Kawhi is eligible for a super max extension this summer, but the Spurs aren't likely to offer him the big money if there's any sort of disconnect.
Kevin Pelton: From the Lakers' perspective, I wouldn't be willing to offer any more than Ingram, given the possibility of signing Leonard via free agency next summer. On the one hand, Leonard will enter the final year of his deal and could leave as a free agent in 2019. While watching the game on television I notice that the Spurs didn't play effected. Tim Duncan retired and right there was Leonard ready to be the new player they built around. But turns out his connection to the organization isn't as strong as believed.
The Heat was outscored by 75 points with Whiteside on the court during the regular season (second worst on the team behind Dion Waiters) and by 26 points with Whiteside on the court during this playoff series, including minus 14 in Game 5.