Have the Celtics made another offer for Kawhi Leonard?
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Jun 28, 2018,
Jun 28, 2018, 0:18
On the heels of reporting surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers and an aggressive trade pursuit of Kawhi Leonard before LeBron James acts on a player option for the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season, buzz is building that James' arrival in the nation's second-largest market could be dictated by another star (i.e. Leonard or Paul George) coming alongside him.
"Although the Lakers came away feeling like San Antonio "shut the door on us" and the conversation never progressed or included a formal trade offer, the Spurs haven't ruled out sending Leonard to any destination, league sources said".
The Lakers believe that landing Leonard could help them attract free agents like LeBron James and Paul George this offseason. There have been reports that the Spurs only want to trade Leonard to an Eastern Conference team, and they are in no rush to make any kind of trade.
For the Lakers, it's a dicey position, offering some of their young core players and future draft picks, knowing it would rid them of their depth if they do land a super-team or harm their future if they land Leonard, but not George or James.
Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram have been featured most prominently in any suggested trade proposals with the Spurs. Even the fact that someone is registered doesn't necessarily guarantee that they'll attend, with the Los Angeles-based TMZ likely offering hype to its home market.
Wojnarowski notes, the Lakers have expressed a willingness to teams to take on 2018-19 salary for the chance to secure a future first-round pick, which could then be used to sweeten a prospective trade opportunity.
Last week, Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports reported (via RealGM) that the Spurs aren't interested in Ball because of the "circus" that comes with the 20-year-old.
The Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Clippers have reportedly made offers for Leonard.