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Report: Celtics Are 'More Likely' To Offer Kyrie Irving For Kawhi Leonard

A picture of Kyrie Irving from behind.

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 24: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics looks on during the first half against the New York Knicks at TD Garden on October 24, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Celtics are one of the teams that's engaged in trade discussions with the Spurs for Kawhi Leonard. It's unclear how serious these trade talks are, but Boston obviously possesses a lot of assets. If they really want to make a trade for Kawhi, the Celtics can probably get it done.

Jaylen Brown is the player being mentioned the most when it comes to a trade for Kawhi, but the Boston Globe reported earlier today that he's yet to be mentioned in trade discussions, at least on the Celtics' end.

The trade that might make the most sense, actually, involves Kyrie Irving.

Both Irving and Leonard have one year left on their deals. If Boston thinks Irving could leave in free agency next summer and is at least somewhat confident it can retain Leonard, a trade might be worth it.

Sports Illustrated reported earlier this afternoon that most around the NBA believe a Celtics' offer is more likely to feature Irving than one of the young forwards.


San Antonio has informed teams its preferred target in any Leonard trade is the Celtics' Jayson Tatum, sources say. Teams have noted this is likely a negotiating tactic, and it’s widely believed in league circles Boston is more likely to propose a deal centered around Kyrie Irving and future picks. But based on previous behavior, the Celtics are unlikely to overpay for Leonard.

An Irving/future pick for Leonard swap without assurances from Kawhi that he'd at least consider re-signing in Boston is probably an overpay.

But we'll see. There's clearly a lot happening on the Kawhi front and Kyrie's name is starting to be mentioned in these discussions. It's going to be a fascinating couple of days in the NBA.