Report: Celtics tried to trade for Kawhi Leonard in February
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.
LeBron James, Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins, Chris Paul, and Paul George are among an eye-popping list of free agents available this summer. Meanwhile, talented players like Kemba Walker, Kevin Love, Hassan Whiteside, and a host of others — including core members of the Toronto Raptors — could be available on the trade market as teams look to reload for next season, or change the course of their franchises in the coming months.
You can also include San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard on the list.
The 26 year-old two-way force is eligible to sign a hefty max contract worth more than $200 million this summer. He’s expected to sign on the dotted line, but a shred of doubt remains regarding his future in San Antonio following a season in which he and the organization clashed several times over the treatment and timeline of a quad injury that limited him to just nine games this season.
Enter: the Boston Celtics. With the tensions between Leonard and the Spurs well-documented, and San Antonio not wanting to risk watching him walk when he becomes a free agent in the summer of 2019, Leonard’s name came up in trade rumours that seemed more like fantasy than reality.
But according to ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics formally submitted a trade offer to the Spurs for Leonard ahead of the trade deadline in February:
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 …read more