This Celtic Is Spurs’ ‘Preferred Target’ In Kawhi Leonard Trade

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard

It's no secret that the Boston Celtics and San Antonio have talked about a trade to send Kawhi Leonard to Boston. Considering what both teams have reportedly offered, Leonard might not be going anywhere soon.

It's been well-documented that LeBron loves Pop and it's been previously reported that Pop would be leading the Spurs' charge to sign him if he opts out of his deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers by the end of the day on Friday. "The Lakers could have to surrender a combination of former first-round picks - from Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart - and future first-round picks and perhaps restricted free agent Julius Randle in a sign-and-trade agreement". The 2017 first-round pick was an NBA All-Rookie First-Team selection.

ESPN reported that Leonard is angry over what he believes was a mishandling of a quadriceps injury, as well as comments made by head coach Gregg Popovich and teammate Tony Parker regarding his injury as Leonard sat out.

Leonard has reportedly expressed his interest to join the Los Angeles Lakers, be it by trade this offseason or via free agency a year from now. It's been presumed that Brown would be the No.1 piece the Celtics would have to surrender for Leonard.

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In terms of value and getting Leonard out of the conference, it makes sense that the Spurs are angling to set the price high in talks with Boston.

Perhaps the Celtics are hoping to create a trade package that would revolve around future draft picks. It seems fairly obvious that LeBron would want the Lakers to bring in at least one other star player, but that doesn't necessarily mean it has to be Leonard.

There is a very real chance Paul George chooses to stay in Oklahoma City, which is part of the reason the Lakers are pressing as hard as they are for a Leonard trade right now.