Celtics, Kawhi Leonard could have mutual interest

Celtics, Kawhi Leonard could have mutual interest

Yesterday, I broke down a Woj report that San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich would be sitting down in the coming weeks with his estranged superstar Kawhi Leonard with the hopes of working things out and discussing an extension.

If Kawhi Leonard does become available in trade talks, the Boston Celtics will be interested in probing the Spurs about a deal, league sources tell ESPN. Leonard is not concerned with missing out on the supermax contract of five years and $219 million that he is eligible form accordig to Haynes.

So with that being said, where will Kawhi Leonard end up? If OKC could redo that, I guarantee they would trade KD and at least get something in return.

The 26-year-old continued his rehabilitation from the injury away from the team during the latter half of the season after a disagreement with Spurs' medical staff on how best to treat the complaint.

The news comes after rampant speculation that free agent LeBron James, who owns a home in the plush Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood, has a strong interest in joining the Lakers. If that rule were to still be in effect, that would increase the Miami Heat's chances of possibly acquiring the San Diego State product.

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Leonard has only made two All-Star teams but is nonetheless regarded as one of the NBA's best players, even though he only played nine games past year because of a quad injury that drove a wedge between him and the Spurs over how to care for it.

All of Leonard's nine appearances with the Spurs this season were prior to the All-Star break, none of them coming after January 13.

The Spurs could also decide to stall, keeping their disgruntled star by waiting until the February trade deadline to find the best deal possible. The deal might make more sense for the rebuilding Lakers than for the Spurs, however.

Additionally, even if Leonard prefers a certain destination, it won't stop others from pursuing him. This would help the Spurs by giving them some exciting prospects at the guard and forward spots, as well as a draft pick to help move along a rebuild.

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