LaMarcus Aldridge Kawhi Leonard: Celtics to trade for LA instead?

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LaMarcus Aldridge Kawhi Leonard: Celtics to trade for LA instead?

As you might recall, Wojnarowski reported earlier this month that Boston made an offer to San Antonio for Leonard ahead of the National Basketball Association trade deadline in February.

Per's Adrian Wojnarowski, Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne, the Spurs have had trade discussions with the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers and LA Clippers. The thinking in Los Angeles is if the Lakers can acquire Leonard, it increases their chances at luring James and/or George as well.

Both George and James have until Friday to decide if they want to opt out of the final year of their contract and enter free agency and that is when things will really start to heat up.

With NBA free agency due to begin this weekend, the Los Angeles Lakers are operating on multiple fronts.

If Leonard does, however, make his intentions of heading to 2019 free agency clear enough, it could scare off other teams.

One agent recently suggested to Business Insider that the Spurs should not trade Leonard, barring a mega-offer.

Leonard played only nine games this past season after suffering a leg injury. The agent reasoned that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich only wants to compete for championships, and keeping Leonard helps him accomplish that, regardless of Leonard's wishes.

"The price for Leonard would be substantial". Sources have told ESPN that the Spurs haven't ruled out making a trade with any specific team. That could mean that the Lakers may only be desperate for a little while longer. They're expected to pursue the likes of Paul George and LeBron James, and have also been connected to Kawhi Leonard trade rumors.

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.

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