Celtics tried to acquire Spurs star Kawhi Leonard in February

Jose Verdugo
Junio 13, 2018

The NBA's off-season is shaping up to be a landscape-altering summer that could see plenty of All-NBA talent switching teams via trades or free agency.

The saga that is the San Antonio Spurs and Kawhi Leonard could've been over and done with four months ago if the organization had pulled the trigger and parted ways with their disgruntled superstar.

Leonard played just nine games last season, before missing the remainder of the year with a quad injury.

The 26 year-old two-way force is eligible to sign a hefty max contract worth more than $200 million this summer.

Enter: the Boston Celtics.

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According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, citing unidentified league sources, the Celtics made a trade proposal to the Spurs for Leonard before the NBA's February trade deadline. San Antonio wasn't willing to discuss deals for Leonard in February. With the tensions between Leonard and the Spurs well-documented, and San Antonio not wanting to risk watching him walk when he becomes a free agent in the summer of 2019, Leonard's name came up in trade rumours that seemed more like fantasy than reality.

Should things not progress according to the Spurs' expectations, they could soon involve themselves in trade talks with those interested, hoping to salvage something in exchange for their estranged star.

When healthy, Leonard is a no-doubt top-five player, and it's no wonder opportunistic teams like the Celtics are looking to swoop in and nab the former Finals MVP.

"The Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers have interest in Leonard, each with a differing array of young assets to trade for him now and the potential of salary-cap space to sign Leonard outright in 2019", Wojnarowski wrote.

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