Kawhi Leonard trade: Celtics offer revealed as Spurs exit edges closer

Ruben Hill
June 13, 2018

The Boston Celtics made a trade offer to the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard before the February trade deadline but it was rejected.

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 sources said.

If he can not rebuild his relationship with the Spurs, trading him for a package of young players and/or draft picks would be better than risking him leaving as a free agent for nothing. The Spurs have the option of offering the face of their franchise a supermax contract, but reportedly will only do so after meeting with Leonard to fix their relationship. The 26-year-old was reportedly "distant" and "disconnected" from the team during his rehab, which sparked speculation Leonard was considering leaving San Antonio. Leonard has one more season remaining on his current contract and is eligible for a five-year, $219 million super-max extension this offseason.

Should things not progress according to the Spurs' expectations, they could soon involve themselves in trade talks with those interested, hoping to salvage something in exchange for their estranged star. Should the discussion not go well, however, San Antonio could reconsider Boston's offer - which has the potential to look a bit different after the team's successful playoff run. The two-time Kia Defensive Player of the Year's absence was especially notable late in the season, when he went to NY to continue rehab and chose not to be with the team during its one-round playoff run.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers also have interest in trading for Leonard.

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