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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Spurs reportedly prefer to trade Kawhi Leonard to Celtics

Kawhi Leonard

The San Antonio Spurs would reportedly prefer to trade Kawhi Leonard to one specific team, but the situation surrounding the star forward is far from a simple one.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Spurs have actively engaged in trade talks with several teams. In terms of potential return, they would like to work out a deal for Leonard with the Boston Celtics.

The biggest problem is that Leonard is reportedly intent on signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, and he is eligible to become a free agent after next season. That creates a situation where the Celtics might not want to give up much because of the risk of Leonard being a one-year rental, and the Lakers might not be inclined to offer much if they know they’re going to get Leonard next summer anyway.

From Boston’s perspective, that could mean not including a young star like Jaylen Brown in the trade. Danny Ainge would almost certainly prefer to keep Brown and the rest of his young core if he believes Leonard will eventually sign with the Lakers. Wojnarowski added that the Celtics have no intention of making a “risky trade.”

Things are a bit more complicated for the Lakers. While they could simply wait it out, they also may need to acquire Leonard in order to convince LeBron James to sign with them this offseason. That is why they are reportedly ramping up their efforts to work out a deal with San Antonio.

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