Did Celtics Make New Trade Offer To Spurs For Kawhi Leonard?

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We know the Celtics made San Antonio an offer in February at the deadline.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst, the "pressure is mounting" for the Lakers to pull off a trade with the San Antonio Spurs for All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard.

"He's under contract for another year", Buford said.

There's a belief that the Los Angeles Lakers will need to add another talented star if they want to land LeBron James as a free agent this Summer, and the team is scrambling to do so before Friday, June 29, when LeBron has to decide whether or not to opt in to his final year with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

It's been reported before that Los Angeles is Leonard's preferred trade destination - with the Lakers being the favoured landing spot over the Clippers - so it makes sense that Lakers president Magic Johnson and GM Rob Pelinka would be in hot pursuit of Leonard.

On Tuesday, Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson laughed off the idea of being anxious about the pressure to bring superstars to Los Angeles, citing the number of NBA Finals he played in. If he's serious about his employment with the team, swinging a deal for Leonard would make him a man of his word. That could drive up the price for Leonard, an unusual scenario for a player so close to free agency (and coming off an injury that cost him 73 games last season).

One agent recently suggested to Business Insider that the Spurs should not trade Leonard, barring a mega-offer. That's not how Gregg Popovich rolls. At the end of the 2018-19 season, the two sides could say goodbye and move on.

Making things even trickier is that James wants to make a quick decision about where he's headed next once free agency begins on July 1, per ESPN.

The race for Leonard is on, and if the Spurs play their hand wisely, an ugly situation could end up with them bringing in a haul of assets to jumpstart a rebuild.