Philippine Daily Inquirer



Kawhi Leonard wants to leave San An­to­nio for Los An­ge­les. But Bos­ton has the as­sets that the Spurs want in ex­change for their dis­grun­tled star for­ward.

And the Celtics are not too hot to make a deal for Leonard as a one-sea­son rental.

And such a com­pli­ca­tion is hold­ing down any deal that would fi­nally ship the for­mer Fi­nals MVP out of San An­to­nio.

Speak­ing on the Lak­ers’ chan- nel on Spec­trum Sport­sNet ear­lier this week, NBA in­sider and salary cap ex­pert Larry Coon re­ported ex­treme de­mands from the Spurs put the Celtics ahead of the Lak­ers, who aren’t will­ing to im­plode the ex­ist­ing ros­ter around LeBron James to add Leonard.

Coon re­ported the Spurs asked the Lak­ers for Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma and Bran­don In­gram—all first-round picks in 2016 or ’17—in ad­di­tion to two fu­ture first-round picks for Leonard and a draft pick.

The na­ture of Leonard’s de­mand and re­ported in­ter­est in play­ing in LA would ap­pear to limit the lever­age of the Spurs.

Ainge said the Celtics al­ways “ex­plore ev­ery trade,” but re­mains tepid in his re­marks about chas­ing Leonard.

“I feel great that we have a lot of play­ers that peo­ple like and want,” Ainge said.

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