Should the Boston Celtics pursue Kawhi Leonard?

Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard

Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard

Just one summer after San Antonio saved one of its superstars from wanting a trade in LaMarcus Aldridge, a year later its biggest star, Kawhi Leonard, now wants out of the organization.

Kawhi Leonard's departure seems to be a foregone conclusion to everyone at this point ... except perhaps for the San Antonio Spurs. Los Angeles is Leonard's preferred destination and he'd like to go to the Lakers, per ESPN. Tania Ganguli of Los Angeles Times reported that the Lakers and the Clippers have concerns about Leonard's injury that limited him from playing last season.

LeBron James can return to free agency by opting out of the final year of his contract in the next two weeks.

The fact that the Spurs are at least considering a move involving the Lakers could be all L.A. needs to get a deal done.

"You've got players questioning whether or not he was legitimately hurt, or whatever the case may be when they confronted him led by Tony Parker and those other guys". The Lakers do have young players to offer, though the Spurs may not be interested in a package that includes Lonzo Ball. A lot of teams will call about Leonard, but the Brooklyn Nets won't be one of them.

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A video posted to Juse Williams' Facebook page Friday shows him burning a Kawhi Leonard jersey after reports surfaced.

Leonard is from the area and trains in Southern California during the offseason, but the Spurs have not been directly notified any request from Leonard or his advisors. This package might not be as good as the one that their hometown rivals could offer, but Jerry West and Steve Ballmer will certainly be willing to find a way to pay up for a transformational player like Kawhi. Whether Brown and picks is enough for Boston to land Leonard remains to be seen. Sending Kawhi off to work under James Dolan would also fulfill any potential desire for revenge that might rest in R.C. Buford's heart. However, the Knicks have a history of nearly entertainingly short-sighted trades.

There's no doubt the Lakers could use a player like Kawhi Leonard in their lineup if they're ready to go big-time in 2018. This team has the most assets for a trade. Markelle Fultz nearly has to be featured in the deal.

After a meeting with head coach Gregg Popovich and former player Tim Duncan, Leonard made his feelings clear that there would be no reconciliation between the two sides.

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