Celtics Made Offer for Kawhi Leonard Before Trade Deadline

Annette Crawford
June 14, 2018

LeBron James, Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins, Chris Paul, and Paul George are among an eye-popping list of free agents available this summer.

The Lakers have Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma as talented young players to dangle on the trade market. However, San Antonio apparently turned down the offer and didn't counter it.

Leonard has endured a weird season with the Spurs, making just eight appearances while struggling with a mystery quadriceps injury that has stirred up tension between the player and team representatives. The Spurs need to decide if that relationship is reparable and if they want to offer Leonard the super-max contract.

Enter: the Boston Celtics.

In a report on Kawhi Leonard's future with the San Antonio Spurs organization, ESPN NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski dropped this interesting tidbit on the future of Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.

According to Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News, the two could be approaching a "healing stage" and are trying to schedule a meeting "to discuss any issues or concerns Leonard may have".

Should the reconciliation talks go well, the Spurs will likely keep Leonard and continue to reject trade offers.

Since then, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum have become more proven National Basketball Association players while still on rookie contracts.

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. Wojnarowski noted that the Sixers have both the assets to trade for Leonard and the potential cap space to sign him outright next summer.

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