Celtics Made Offer for Kawhi Leonard Before Trade Deadline

Report: Gregg Popovich, Kawhi Leonard trying to meet

The Boston Celtics made a trade offer to the Spurs for Kawhi Leonard before the February trade deadline, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

"If Leonard wants the Spurs to make that super-maximum contract offer - and indications are indeed, yes, Leonard and his group want that offer - the history of how Popovich and Spurs president RC Buford do business suggests the offer won't come without significant repairing of the relationship", added Wojnarowski.

The specifics of Boston's proposal are unclear.

San Antonio wasn't willing to even discuss trades for Leonard in February and they remain resistant to trades so far this spring. "They'll have to talk about the franchise's willingness to deliver the five-year, $219 million contract extension Leonard is eligible to receive, because the Spurs will need to be convinced that a historic contract is met with historic commitment".

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The star forward has been estranged from San Antonio in recent months but is expected to meet with coach Gregg Popovich as early as this week, the San Antonio Express-News reported. The two-time Kia Defensive Player of the Year's absence was especially notable late in the season, when he went to NY to continue rehab and chose not to be with the team during its one-round playoff run. And if San Antonio is unwilling to offer him an extension, he could become available on the trade market.

That be good news for the C's, who, according to Wojnarowski, have "the most appealing assets" to sign Leonard: namely talented young assets like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown and the Sacramento Kings' 2019 first-round pick.

The tension surrounding the situation intensified when, after opting to not be with the team for rehab reasons, Leonard was spotted three weeks later attending a Dodgers game in Los Angeles.

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