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Report: Celtics have assets Spurs most desire in Kawhi Leonard trade


The Spurs finally appear ready to trade Kawhi Leonard.

But where?

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

The Lakers – with the trickle-down effect of becoming more appealing to LeBron James and Paul George – are mostly strongly incentivized to trade for Leonard. Los Angeles should consider its increased chances of landing those other stars when offering San Antonio.

Trading for Leonard would get the Celtics Leonard and only Leonard. But Boston is so loaded with assets – Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, the Kings’ first-rounder, the Grizzlies’ first-rounder and more. The Celtics could deal a lot for Leonard and still have a lot leftover, which is why they should consider trading for the superstar even without a pledge of him re-signing next summer.

Which of those Celtics players and picks do the Spurs especially covet? Boston’s list of valuable pieces is too long even to guess.

It’s also possible the Spurs leaked that, true or not, to extract more from the Lakers.