Saturday, 23 June, 2018

Celtics Made Trade Offer To Spurs For Kawhi Leonard At Deadline

Kawhi Leonard GETTYKawhi Leonard plans to sign an extension with the San Antonio Spurs this summer
Cassandra Castillo | 14 June, 2018, 16:20

League sources tell the Express-News that head coach Gregg Popovich and Leonard are trying to schedule a meeting, possibly this week, to discuss any issues or concerns Leonard may have, and hopefully come to a decision on offering Leonard the five-year, $219 million super-max extension he is eligible to receive.

The San Antonio Spurs can offer Kawhi Leonard significantly more than any other team with a contract extension, but they have to be certain the relationship between the star forward and the team is on solid ground before going that route. So far this spring, the Spurs remain resistant to trades.

The duo will reportedly have a meeting about their complicated relationship, and whether or not it's repairable, before the Spurs offer Leonard, who was injured for much of past year, a super-max contract extension.

The report is the most concrete evidence of the Celtics' interest in the soon-to-be 27 year old superstar. And, according to the same report, the Spurs rejected the offer.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday that both teams have interest in acquiring Leonard via trade.

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The Celtics are one of the most asset-rich teams in the National Basketball Association, boasting a roster stacked with veteran stars, promising young talent, and a boatload of draft picks, including a potential eight first-rounders over the next three drafts.

If the Celtics are to make an offer for Leonard, Wojnarowski warns that they must do so in a similarly cautious fashion as the trade that landed them Irving last summer.

The Celtics may not be willing to break up their current roster quite so easily in the wake of their success in the Playoffs.

Leonard could become an unrestricted free agent next summer where the Spurs could lose him without getting anything in return. But if something goes awry, it wouldn't be surprising to see Boston re-ignite trade talks.

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