The Celtics are reportedly one of two teams "fully engaged" in discussions with the Spurs regarding a trade for Kawhi Leonard. The Lakers, unsurprisingly, are the other. Boston, though, probably has more to offer. The question, of course, is will they?
Boston is clearly intrigued by the possibility of adding Leonard to their roster, but there are several questions. Among them:
- Is Leonard going to consider re-signing in Boston, considering he's made it clear he wants to end up in Los Angeles?
- Is Leonard fully healthy?
Both are extremely important and if Boston doesn't have the answers to them, it's doubtful that the Celtics would consider offering what it will take to land him.
ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski updated the Celtics' mindset on Twitter. He says they are being "extremely cautious."
"Boston's extremely cautious on Leonard front. There's so much uncertainty w/ Leonard's future -- health, free agent desires, etc. Will Leonard be same player? That's hard to tell. Celtics don't have to make a risky trade and have no intention to do so. It's an interesting dance," he reports.
The Celtics do have several intriguing assets for the Spurs, from Jaylen Brown to Kyrie Irving to Gordon Hayward.
ESPN says San Antonio is most interested in what Boston could have to offer, too.
"The Spurs have long been most intrigued with Boston's trade assets, but it remains unclear how rich of a package the Celtics are willing to offer without a full understanding of the long-term implications of Leonard's quadriceps injury, or an assurance that they can be certain of Leonard's willingness to consider a long-term commitment next summer, league sources said."
Perhaps the Celtics will get the clarity they need from Leonard's camp to get a deal done. At this point, though, it seems more likely that a move will be made with Los Angeles.