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Celtics Made Trade Offer To Spurs For Kawhi Leonard At Deadline

14 June 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 Lakers have Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma as talented young players to dangle on the trade market.

Leonard missed all but nine games this season while nursing right quadriceps tendinopathy. Since taking over as the San Antonio head coach in 1996, he has turned the small-market Spurs into one of the winningest franchises in the National Basketball Association, and a model of consistency.

Leonard did not qualify for the supermax contract this season, and needs to requalify to earn a potential five-year, $219 million deal.

Enter: the Boston Celtics.

In a revelatory breakdown of the situation, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski disclosed that the Boston Celtics made a run at Leonard at this year's trade deadline-but, of course, San Antonio turned down the offer. San Antonio wasn't willing to discuss deals for Leonard in February.

Should the reconciliation talks go well, the Spurs will likely keep Leonard and continue to reject trade offers. With this spring's postseason success, though, along with San Antonio's lack of a desire to move Leonard, it does not seem that the stars will align.

During the playoffs, an injured Leonard caused a stir when he was not on the sidelines with the team, only to be spotted at a Los Angeles Dodgers game shortly afterwards, fuelling rumours that the relationship between Leonard and the team that drafted him had soured. According to Wojnarowski, the Spurs weren't interested in trading Leonard at the deadline, despite injury concerns and widely reported inner turmoil involving the two-time All-NBA forward and 2014 NBA Finals MVP.

Celtics Made Trade Offer To Spurs For Kawhi Leonard At Deadline