Thursday, 15 November, 2018

The Boston Celtics should not pursue a Kawhi Leonard trade

The Boston Celtics should not pursue a Kawhi Leonard trade The Boston Celtics should not pursue a Kawhi Leonard trade
Betsy Taylor | 01 July, 2018, 08:46

And if they can also add Kawhi Leonard or Paul George, adding solid complementary pieces will be even easier.

Earlier in the day, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that talks between the Lakers and Spurs, which had grown cold, then heated up again, with Los Angeles feeling "urgency" to get a trade done by Sunday, the first official day of the NBA's free agency period. When healthy, Leonard has proven to be one of the league's top players, and always seems capable of being in the conversation for the MVP award, which is why it really isn't a surprise to see all these teams expressing interest. Several such players told our own Alex Kennedy that they would be interested in taking a minimum deal with Los Angeles.

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers shares a laugh with head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs at the end of the game at AT&T Center on January 23, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas.

Things are starting to get insane leading up to the start of free agency for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The ESPN report adds that the Lakers are using the models of the Kyrie Irving and George trades from a year ago, in that they hope to acquire Leonard with a similar trade-off. "I believe the Lakers have the inside track for getting LeBron".


A trade to the Lakers.

The Spurs have wanted to find a way to fix the franchise's relationship with Leonard, but an overwhelming Lakers offer could convince San Antonio to part with its franchise star, league sources said. They have established stars in Kyrie Irving, Al Horford and Gordon Hayward. The Celtics were only one win away from making the NBA Finals as they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Wojnarowski reported last week that the 26-year-old has a strong desire to play for the Lakers as he's a native of Los Angeles.

Leonard continued his personal rehabilitation plan away from the team in NY and was not present for any of the Spurs' playoff games. As good as Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and Josh Hart could potentially be, none of them will likely be as good as Leonard and they ain't going to be by the time LeBron finally loses the battle to father time.

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