Have the Celtics made another offer for Kawhi Leonard?

According to a separate ESPN report, the Lakers are feeling increased pressure to make a deal for Leonard happen as Paul George and LeBron James have progressively murky futures ahead of free agency, which begins Sunday. But it's contingent on the Spurs, and San Antonio has rebuffed the Lakers' inquiries.

Kawhi's unwillingness to sign a long-term deal with any team besides the Lakers is likely making it harder for other teams to come to the table and risk losing assets for a rental.

Leonard is viewed as the potential honey pot to lure the bee that is James, as The King is unlikely to go anywhere without a big-time player having committed to join the Lakers.

Previous reports have suggested the Spurs would only trade Leonard to an Eastern Conference team, but that reportedly is not true. Aldridge becomes even more expendable if the Spurs were to trade for a young building block like Brandon Ingram or Markelle Fultz. Many believe that they will join forces in Los Angeles, but there is a growing belief around the National Basketball Association that George might end up staying with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and if that does happen, could change James decision.

The Lakers have been hunting a future first-round draft pick on the trade market in recent days, league sources said.

Wojnarowski notes, the Lakers have expressed a willingness to teams to take on 2018-19 salary for the chance to secure a future first-round pick, which could then be used to sweeten a prospective trade opportunity.

Another layer is the Spurs' pace at which they may look to trade the 26-year-old.

As the gulf between the San Antonio Spurs and Kawhi Leonard grows, the race to land the All-Star forward is pushing forward.

The Leonard rumors are starting to really heat up, and expect the Celtics to be right in the middle of it all until San Antonio actually pulls the trigger.


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