Boston Celtics Will Pursue Kawhi Leonard

Aubrey Yates
June 17, 2018

After seven seasons in San Antonio, star forward Kawhi Leonard wants out, according to reports.

With Kawhi Leonard asking for a trade there is speculation that he could team up with LeBron James and Paul George with the Los Angeles Lakers. Leonard is better than Irving, so perhaps it's time for the Suns to strike now, when they're armed with assets and an opportunity to trade for a transcendent player. Leonard did not attend any of the Spurs' postseason games this season as he received treatment in NY from a group of non-team affiliated doctors.

The former Defensive Player of the Year and Finals MVP can potentially miss out on $31 million by signing an extension with a different team other than the Spurs. Those who predicted Leonard would leave San Antonio have mentioned the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics as frontrunners likely to acquire Leonard.

The Spurs have other draft prospects to evaluate in the meantime, as they now hold the No. 18 pick in the first round.

But, the Suns are not expected to move the pick for Leonard, according to The Arizona Republic's report.

Teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks are definitely interested in his services, but only one other team has made an offer to the Spurs. The deal might make more sense for the rebuilding Lakers than for the Spurs, however.

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If Leonard is traded by June 30, his contract carries the 2017-18 value of $18.9 million.

Markkanen would probably have to be packaged with the No. 7 overall pick in the upcoming draft.

The Heat could also include a first-round draft pick, but they sort of have their hands tied when it comes to that.

Needless to say, Leonard has added another very big layer of excitement to what was already a must-watch summer.

There were signs of strain in the relationship this past season while Leonard was sidelined.

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