ESPN's Rose continues to speak on Kawhi Leonard's alleged unhappiness with Spurs

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) watches his shot fall through the basket during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 122-114. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

ESPN's Jalen Rose opened eyes recently when he proclaimed on "First Take" that he was hearing San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard wants out of the Alamo City, his alleged unhappiness and it revolving around his treatment to fix his injured quadriceps which has forced him to sit out most of the season.

This created a buzz among Spurs fans and the NBA and had many wondering it if was indeed true.

Soon after, Head Coach Gregg Popovich shot down that notion calling it "silly". He went on to state the team and Kawhi are not at odds and how Leonard wants to remain in San Antonio.

But that hasn't stopped Rose from backing off his claim.

Jalen was a guest on "The Bill Simmons Podcast" and was asked about the rumors of Kawhi and the Spurs.

Rose touched on how the NBA is a new generation of players who are looking to see if their team will add super stars around them to contend. He credited the Spurs for adding Rudy Gay, Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge but wonders if the Spurs can add a super star in their prime to keep Leonard in San Antonio.

"If you're him (Leonard), you're looking around at the team like 'wait a minute, Tony Parker ain't starting no more? How old is Manu (Ginobili)?"

Jalen also went on to speculate if Kawhi's injury was misdiagnosed by team doctors and if that is the reason he is hearing murmurs of Leonard's unhappiness thus his inability to play this season.

"The level of frustration, that's the league catalyst. Him (Leonard) not being able to play basketball in a timely fashion based on what he was told by the training staff."

Rose was asked if Kawhi is a Spur 12 months and had this to say:

"My opinion, and you normally can't get attacked for having an opinion... my guess is no but I hope I'm wrong."

Take Jalen's words for what you will but the Spurs have a championship pedigree, the best coach in the NBA, a rich history of winning, the only team that can offer Kawhi a super max deal, the team doing their best to get Kawhi going this season, Aldridge in his prime, and a young up-and-coming point guard Dejounte Murray.

You can listen to the full interview here:

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