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Celtics made trade offer for Kawhi Leonard prior to trade deadline per report

San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots against Sacramento forward Rudy Gay (8) as the Kings' Quincy Acy looks on during the second half Saturday in San Antonio. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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The Boston Celtics tried to trade for San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard prior to last season's trade deadline according to an article from ESPN.

But that offer was flatly refused.

The Boston Celtics made a trade offer to San Antonio before the February deadline, but the Spurs turned it down --- and never made a counterproposal, league sources said. San Antonio wasn't willing to discuss deals for Leonard in February. So far this spring, the Spurs remain resistant to trades.
If reconciliation talks don't go well with Leonard, San Antonio has time to reconsider that stance. For example, Boston has the most appealing assets: starry young players and Sacramento's No. 1-protected 2019 first-round pick.

Boston had been a rumored trade partner for the Spurs considering the young players they boast as well as the coveted draft picks they have to entice the Spurs.

The Spurs have been reportedly closing doors to further trade inquiries this offseason as Leonard and head coach Gregg Popovich are likely to meet soon to hopefully iron out an extension. What type of extension remains to be seen and if it is less than the $219 million, how will Kawhi and his camp respond?

However, should things go south for the parties, and relationships cannot be mended, Boston would once again be at the forefront as a possible trade destination for Leonard.

But with the development of Jayson Tatum, Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart and other promising young players on the Celtics roster as well as how deep their team went without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward in the postseason, will Boston want to break up that unit for Leonard?

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