By celtics writer
By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston
BOSTON (CBS) — Danny Ainge is never satisfied. And he’s never one to up an opportunity at a good deal.
That opportunity apparently presented itself prior to the NBA’s trade deadline this year. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics reached out to the San Antonio Spurs with a trade proposal in February, with the aim of bringing Kawhi Leonard to Boston.
“The Spurs turned it down — and never made a counterproposal,” Wojnarowski reported. “San Antonio wasn’t willing to discuss deals for Leonard in February. So far this spring, the Spurs remain resistant to trades.”
It’s a rather interesting bit of information. At the time, the Celtics were obviously without Gordon Hayward but still had Kyrie Irving. Considering the Celtics ended up being good enough to reach Game 7 of the conference finals even after losing Irving to injury, it’s fair to surmise that Ainge made a proposal with ideas of reaching the NBA Finals.
Of course, that would have been entirely dependent on Leonard’s playing status, which is the complicating aspect of any and all talk that’s surrounded Leonard over the past year. The two-time All-Star and two-time Defensive Player of the Year played just nine total games in the 2017-18 season, between mid-December and mid-January. Though rumors rumbled about disagreements between Leonard’s camp and the Spurs about his health status on his injured quad, there seemed to always remain some optimism that Leonard would return to the court at some point. But he never...