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Report: C's talking with Spurs, but won't do 'risky trade' for Kawhi

Report: C's talking with Spurs, but won't do 'risky trade' for Kawhi

The Celtics appear to be one of the teams with a shot at Kawhi Leonard.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Boston is one of several teams in play to trade for the Spurs guard. Wojnarowski tweeted Thursday morning the Celtics have had assets coveted by San Antonio, and the Spurs are "fully engaged" in trade talks.

Of the "several teams" in the hunt, the Lakers are the other team listed with the Celtics as potential frontrunners.

Yahoo Sports' Jordan Schultz reported Thursday that Leonard has reached out to James and would like to play with him.

Wojnarowski said the Celtics are "extremely cautious" with the uncertainty surrounding Leonard, and his intentions to test free agency, along with his health. The tweet states the Celts don't have "any intention" of making a risky trade.

Yesterday, it was reported the Celtics had made a formal offer, and speculation arose of Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum being involved in a potential deal. Kyrie Irving's name was also tossed around following the strong postseason of Terry Rozier.

But, late Wednesday, it had appeared talks between the C's and Spurs were going nowhere. The Boston Herald reported an offer had not been made, and the Celtics had simply made a phone call to inquire.

That narrative shifts with the Celtics as a contender to acquire Leonard, if Thurday's most recent update is to be believed.

However, whether or not Leonard wants to come to Boston -- or will stay beyond a year -- is still a question.

Also Thursday, came word via The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn that Brown hasn't been discussed as part of the deal.

The Spurs aren't a lock to trade Leonard still, and can wait it out and, according to Wojnarowski, attempt to offer a super-max contract worth $219 million.

The "urgency belongs to the Lakers," but Wojnarowski says the leverage can swing. According to ESPN, the Cavaliers, 76ers, and Clippers were also in the running as of Wednesday.

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Celtics' Romeo Langford returns to Indiana for first time as NBA player

Celtics' Romeo Langford returns to Indiana for first time as NBA player

INDIANAPOLIS — Injuries and opportunity have kept Romeo Langford on the sidelines more than he would have liked in this, his rookie season. 

But that won’t stop the folks from his hometown of New Albany, Indiana, from making the two-hour trek to Wednesday night’s game to support him and the Boston Celtics in what’s being billed as New Albany Night at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Wednesday will be the first time Langford, selected by Boston with the 14th overall pick in last June’s draft, will return to the Hoosier State as a Celtic.

“It’ll be good, just to be back. I haven’t been back home in a while,” Langford told NBC Sports Boston, adding that the last time he was home was sometime in August. “It’s been a while. That first time going back, it’s going to be a good, special time. It’ll be nice for people who saw me grow up, to see me now in an NBA uniform.”

Langford was a four-year starter at New Albany High School and finished his prep career as one of the state’s most decorated basketball players ever. 

He took his talents to nearby Indiana University, where he played for one season before entering last June’s NBA draft.

There are many in the New Albany community eager to see one of their own come back.  

“We are excited to partner with the Pacers to provide our fans and community with an opportunity to celebrate Romeo’s return to Indiana,” New Albany Athletic Director B.J. McAlister said in a statement. “Our city’s support of Romeo over his high school and college careers was outstanding, and now everyone will get a chance to cheer him on in his first NBA game in our state.

Langford is with the Celtics but won’t see any action against the Pacers as he recovers from a sprained ankle.

“It is frustrating, but you just have to deal with it, try to get better and get back out there as soon as you can,” said Langford, referring to the series of injuries he has had thus far. “That’s all I really can do.”

Langford said he is feeling a lot better and thinks it’s just a matter of days before he’s officially cleared to resume full basketball activities.

Whether he plays or not, there’s very little that can damper Langford’s spirits on the eve of his first homecoming as an NBA player. 

“Like I said, it’ll be good to see a lot of people who helped me get to where I am now, at the game,” Langford said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Pacers, which tips off Wednesday at 6 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Scal have the call at 7 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.

Celtics eye a potential return from Marcus Smart (eye infection) vs. Pacers

Celtics eye a potential return from Marcus Smart (eye infection) vs. Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS -- Yes, there is a chance that the Boston Celtics will have their defensive anchor back in the mix for Wednesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers. 

Marcus Smart, who did not play in Boston’s 110-88 victory over Cleveland due to an eye infection, made the trip to Indiana with the team but is still considered questionable to play. 

If the Celtics’ defensive stalwart is indeed healthy enough to play, it’ll be interesting to see whether he comes off the bench or rejoins the starting lineup.

Smart began the season coming off the bench while playing starter-like minutes. 

Once Gordon Hayward went down with a fourth metacarpal fracture of his left hand on Nov. 9, Smart was back in the starting lineup and, by and large, did a solid job. 

Will head coach Brad Stevens bring Smart off the bench like he did to start the season, or will he go with more of a mix-and-match kind of lineup that has one of their wings — Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum or Hayward — slide over to being a big-time, difference-making reserve?

No matter how they decide to use Smart, you can rest assured that he will make an impact of some kind. 

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Pacers, which tips off Wednesday at 6 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Scal have the call at 7 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.