According to a recent report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Boston Celtics made a trade offer to the San Antonio Spurs in an effort to acquire Kawhi Leonard, at the most recent National Basketball Association trade deadline.
"League sources" reportedly said the Spurs turned Danny Ainge's offer down, and never made a counterproposal. The Spurs have the option of offering the face of their franchise a supermax contract, but reportedly will only do so after meeting with Leonard to fix their relationship.
If he can not rebuild his relationship with the Spurs, trading him for a package of young players and/or draft picks would be better than risking him leaving as a free agent for nothing.
Leonard is expected to have a clear-the-air meeting with head coach Gregg Popovich to assess not only the state of his health, but repairing strained relationships with him, his teammates, and the organization before he is offered a max extension of five years and $219 million.
Leonard has endured a weird season with the Spurs, making just eight appearances while struggling with a mystery quadriceps injury that has stirred up tension between the player and team representatives. So far this spring, the Spurs remain resistant to trades. Should the discussion not go well, however, San Antonio could reconsider Boston's offer - which has the potential to look a bit different after the team's successful playoff run. The two-time All-Star has averaged 16.3 points and 6.2 rebounds during his seven seasons with the team.
Wojnarowski also claims that Eastern Conference finalists Boston made a play for the Los Angeles native earlier this year after learning of the growing discontent between player and staff.