LaMarcus Aldridge Kawhi Leonard: Celtics to trade for LA instead?

LaMarcus Aldridge Kawhi Leonard: Celtics to trade for LA instead?

LaMarcus Aldridge Kawhi Leonard: Celtics to trade for LA instead?

The San Antonio Spurs have received trade interest in Kawhi Leonard from the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Clippers.

ESPN reported that the Spurs have not been in a rush to trade Leonard, but that they are open to dealing him to any team for the right price, contrary to a report that said they might only trade him to an Eastern Conference team. The thinking in Los Angeles is if the Lakers can acquire Leonard, it increases their chances at luring James and/or George as well. It's widely believed that James is hesitant to be the first star player to sign with the Lakers while recent reports indicate George might re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder. That's when players have to exercise their opt-out options, and if the Lakers can land Leonard before the deadline, they're hoping it convinces LeBron James to take his talents to La-La Land and potentially bring free agent Paul George with him.

It's not clear if San Antonio would indeed trade the two-time All-Star to Los Angeles.

Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania reported earlier this month that Leonard wants out of San Antonio because of the "mistrust" that formed from the way the organization handled his quad injury this past season.

Wojnarowski followed that up by noting the Los Angeles native wants to play in his hometown, preferably for the Lakers. The team did not make a hard push to trade for him previous year because of that thought, which could now backfire in more ways than one.

The Celtics have reportedly made another offer for Kawhi Leonard.

The Lakers - with Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart - have the assets to spur action (pun intended).

Following the conclusion of the NBA Draft last week, Cleveland general manager Koby Altman said the Cavs have had "good dialogue" with James' management team. That's not how Gregg Popovich rolls.

According to a source of The Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett, the Celtics have contacted San Antonio, but the conversation did not bear any fruitful result in favor of Boston.

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