The Boston Celtics are turning heads this postseason, and they’re only going to get better.

Down star point guard Kyrie Irving, as well as Gordon Hayward and others, the C’s still are playing at a high level, most recently taking a 2-0 series lead over the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA playoffs’ second round. And once they get all their players back to full strength next season, they should be an even scarier opponent.

Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs are out of the playoffs, and it’s looking increasingly likely they move an unhappy Kawhi Leonard.

The C’s have been rumored to be in some of the Leonard discussions, especially with the wealth of young talent they have that make for great tradable assets.

But what if Boston offered a straight-up Irving for Leonard trade, and gave the point guard keys to Rozier?

That’s what ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith suggested Friday on his show “First Take.”

Take a listen to his reasoning:


There are a few roadblocks for the Celtics, most notably that the depth they posses at the forward position means they’d have to make other moves to avoid a total logjam.

But if there’s a will there’s a way, and if we’ve learned anything about Boston president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, it’s that he’s willing to do the seemingly unthinkable to acquire a player if he wants him.

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