The Boston Celtics are reportedly one of the teams that have made a trade offer to the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard. Danny Ainge's team is loaded with assets and future NBA Draft picks. They certainly have what it takes to make a trade possible.
What would a Celtics-Spurs trade for Kawhi Leonard look like? Boston has a couple of options, but one makes the most sense for San Antonio.
If you're San Antonio, you have to be asking Boston for Jaylen Brown. The Celtics are not going to be willing to give up Jayson Tatum (for just about anyone, probably) but Brown should be on the table if Leonard is available and at least willing to consider re-signing in Boston (he is claiming he will end up in Los Angeles, but that's what Paul George said, too, and it looks like he might be staying put in Oklahoma City).
So, Boston could put something together like:
Spurs get: Jaylen Brown, Marcus Morris, Terry Rozier, future draft pick
Celtics get: Kawhi Leonard
Boston would have to figure out a way to get a little bit more money into the deal to make it work, as Brown/Morris/Rozier still isn't enough to get to Leonard's $18 million salary.
But, a Brown-focused package makes a lot of sense for San Antonio. He's young and controllable and could end up being a discount-version of Leonard at some point in the future. While Brown likely won't end up being the top-five player that Leonard is, he has an All-Star level ceiling. Rozier and Morris aren't bad pieces, either.
And, Boston has several future draft picks that could be intriguing for San Antonio.
This trade likely hinges on whether Boston believes Leonard would consider re-signing with the Celtics next summer. The Lakers are definitely the favorite to land him, but if Boston can make an NBA Finals run with Leonard, perhaps he'll want to stay and compete for a championship.
Kawhi on the Celtics would be a lot of fun to watch. A Kawhi-Tatum-Gordon Hayward trio is arguably the most-talented in the league when it comes to switchable forwards. And the Celtics would still have Kyrie Irving and Al Horford around those three. That's a championship-level team.
What does your ideal Kawhi-Celtics trade offer look like?