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Raptors assistant coach Phil Handy posted a picture of the meeting Friday on Instagram.
“Appreciate you sharing your greatness and time,” Handy wrote.
Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated passed along the photo:
“After the game we talked about Kawhi a little bit,” he said. “[Popovich] wanted me to stay in his ear a little bit and talk to him a little bit. I definitely, definitely, definitely will. I think he has a tremendous amount of potential and he’s only going to get better. So if I can help him out in that regard, I most certainly will.”
Leonard, an L.A. native, was traded to the Raptors in July after appearing in just nine games last season because of a lingering quad injury.
His workout session with Kobe in attendance suggests he’s working back toward full strength ahead of the 2018-19 NBA campaign, the final guaranteed year of his contract. He can opt out at season’s end to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.