The San Antonio Spurs may have changed their outlook regarding Kawhi Leonard's trade demand. Leonard's suboptimal contract extension discussions with Jordan Brand in March signaled the importance of playing in a larger market, and the Spurs star would be open to playing in Boston and NY, the source said.
On the flip side, the Celtics are rumored to be dipping their toe into the water on trade talks for Leonard.
Boston still possesses the best available assets, whether it is current contracts or future picks - giving them a certain business advantage over their longtime rivals in this potential trade.
Other teams that have made offers for Leonard include the Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers, according to ESPN. Considering what both teams have reportedly offered, Leonard might not be going anywhere soon.
The Spurs are reportedly seeking a "massive package" of young talent and draft picks for Leonard. He dealt with a serious injury, clashed with the Spurs organization and ultimately requested a trade from one of the most respected franchises in sports. Irving even went so far as to say he would consider signing an extension with the Spurs if he got traded there. Josh Hart, who was taken at the end of the 2017 first round, could also be included in a potential trade. Sixers head coach Brett Brown told reporters that Thursday evening. But based on previous behavior, the Celtics are unlikely to overpay for Leonard.
Perhaps the Celtics are hoping to create a trade package that would revolve around future draft picks. He's also strongly hinted that he wants to sign with the Lakers when he hits free agency next season, so he could be an expensive one-year rental for whomever wins the Kawhi sweepstakes.
The Los Angeles Lakers are feeling the pressure to get a deal done for Kawhi Leonard.
It's worth nothing Los Angeles could have discussed the prospect of including Ingram in trade without formally including him in an offer.
The San Antonio Spurs are now "ready" to trade Kawhi Leonard, according to a new piece of intel from the New York Times' Marc Stein.
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