Report: Boston Celtics made trade offer for Kawhi Leonard at deadline
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By Greg Cassoli

According to a recent report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Boston Celtics made a trade offer to the San Antonio Spurs in an effort to acquire Kawhi Leonard, at the most recent NBA trade deadline.

The Boston Celtics made a trade offer to San Antonio before the February deadline, but the Spurs turned it down — and never made a counterproposal, league sources said. San Antonio wasn’t willing to discuss deals for Leonard in February. So far this spring, the Spurs remain resistant to trades.

The report is the most concrete evidence of the Celtics’ interest in the soon-to-be 27 year old superstar. No details of precisely what the team offered the Spurs were provided.

San Antonio is reported to want to mend fences with Leonard, who missed the majority of last year with a quad injury, differences in opinion on the rehabilitation of which caused some tension within the organization. The Spurs have the option of offering the face of their franchise a supermax contract, but reportedly will only do so after meeting with Leonard to repair their relationship.

If doing so proves impossible, then trading Leonard becomes a much more legitimate possibility. Boston will likely remain interested in acquiring him, though it is unclear whether or not the team’s recent postseason success has shifted the way in which they value their young...



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