It's no secret that teams are lining up to trade for Kawhi Leonard this summer as the San Antonio Spurs take their superstar forward.
Will the Boston Celtics be one of them?
It's a question that has been popping up in almost every column of the Internet since things seemed to go south between Leonard and the Spurs. And an NBA agent recently submitted a trade package to the Bleacher Report that he believes San Antonio should investigate.
"If I'm the Spurs, I'll swap it to Boston for (Jaylen) Brown, (Terry) Rozier and a first," said the agent. "Beat when the iron is hot and all these teams come to you."
The proposal came as part of a deeper dive from Bleacher Report into the apparent dysfunction of Spurs and Leonard, who appeared in just nine games this season with a mysterious quad injury. Leonard is entitled to a $ 219 million "Super Max" contract extension with the Spurs this summer, but there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the 26-year-old's future.
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich could try to repair with Leonard Fences, then a "super-max" extension would be plausible again. If not, and the Spurs decide that Leonard is not worth such a big financial commitment, then a trade could be the answer.
Fortunately for the Spurs, they have some leverage, with Leonard in the 2018-19 season under contract. You do not necessarily have to appease your desires when it comes to sending him away at a store.
"If I am her, I'll swap him for Siberia if that gives me the best return," the agent told Bleacher Report.
Would the Celtics offer the best package? A deal involving Brown, Rozier and a first-round draft pick certainly sounds tempting as far as the Spurs are concerned, especially how well these two players played for Boston in this postseason.
The Celtics look as if they are on the cusp of becoming more and more NBA finalists with or without Leonard. It is quite possible that they may refrain from doing too much with their current mix, even when adding a legitimate superstar who, when he is healthy, is one of the NBA's best all-round players.