The likelihood of the Boston Celtics landing Kawhi Leonard is getting slimmer and slimmer, and that may be for the best.
But even if Boston wants to get a deal done, it isn’t willing to part with much. During an appearance on “SportsCenter,” ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski indicated the C’s won’t surrender any of their top-5 players to get a deal done for Leonard.
Although Wojnarowski doesn’t name them specifically, the five players Wojnarowski is referring to likely are Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Al Horford, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
Previous reports have suggested Irving, Tatum and Brown all have been off the table in Celtics-Spurs trade talks, and it makes sense that Boston wouldn’t include one of its recently-signed maximum-contract players in Hayward or Horford.
The Celtics’ reported unwillingness to throw an elite player at San Antonio to get a deal done likely has their long-term future in mind. In addition to uncertainty surrounding Leonard’s health, there are no assurances he would have any interest in sticking around once he becomes an unrestricted free agent this time next year.
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