Trade for Leonard looks like a long shot for Celtics

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As free agency approaches, players around the league will be on the move as teams try to put themselves in the best possible position to compete for a championship. Leonard prefers playing with the Los Angeles Lakers but does not mind playing for the Los Angeles Clippers.

According to "Hoops Hype", the Los Angeles Clippers have made acquiring Kawhi Leonard a high priority. His addition was initially believed to be contingent on the Lakers signing other top-flight free agents in order to create a so-called super team to challenge the National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors.

So the Celtics aren't about to spend big for what could possibly amount to a one-season rental with health questions. Knowing that there is a possibility that Kawhi Leonard may walk at the end of next season, neither the 76ers nor the Celtics will maximize their offers.

Sure, the Celtics would love to have Kawhi Leonard in their uniform. After all, Leonard is a top 3 player in the league as he provides elite defense and scoring.

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ESPN reported the number of teams James and his representatives, Rich Paul and Mark Termini, could be interested in as free agents will be small. This is one of several reasons why neither of them may obtain him. Leonard wants a trade to the Lakers now, and he has expressed his desire to sign with them in free agency in 2019. Whether or not they bet the farm and go in too deep, with nothing to surround Leonard and perhaps LeBron with, is a whole other can of beans.

"The one thing that I've always done is considered, obviously, my family", James told reporters after the Cavaliers lost to the Warriors in the NBA Finals earlier this month. Keep in mind that both Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward were out with season ending injuries. They remain the most likely landing spots for the superstar.

The San Antonio Spurs reportedly aren't in a hurry to trade Kawhi Leonard. San Antonio is reportedly seeking young players and draft picks. He appears to be deciding between the team for whom he played last year-the Oklahoma City Thunder in his case-and the Lakers. San Antonio has had hopes of repairing its tattered relationship with Leonard and ultimately getting to a comfort level with offering the $219 million super maximum contract extension.

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