Reports: Spurs’ final could skip trade options for Kawhi

Danny Ainge and a Boston Celtics competence be a best remaining trade choice for a Spurs should San Antonio pierce All-Star Kawhi Leonard. But either they can make that occur appears still really many in question.

May 12, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; San Antonio Spurs brazen Kawhi Leonard (2) drives to a basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder brazen Serge Ibaka (9) during a initial entertain in diversion 6 of a second turn of a NBA Playoffs during Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters
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Speaking on a Los Angeles Lakers’ channel on Spectrum SportsNet progressing this week, NBA insider and income top consultant Larry Coon reported impassioned trade final from a Spurs put a Celtics brazen of a Los Angeles Lakers, who aren’t peaceful to implode a existent register around LeBron James to supplement Leonard, who is one deteriorate divided from giveaway agency.

Coon reported a Spurs asked a Lakers for Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram — all first-round picks in 2016 or ‘17 — in further to dual destiny first-round picks for Leonard and a breeze pick.

The inlet of Leonard’s direct and reported seductiveness in personification in Los Angeles would seem to extent a precedence of a Spurs.

What’s more, while Ainge pronounced a Celtics always “explore each trade,” he was temperate in his remarks about chasing Leonard. Yahoo Sports reported Wednesday that a pierce was still a probability formed mostly on Ainge’s history, yet doubted Leonard’s seductiveness in such a move.

Ainge has pulled off vital trades many times before, including deals for Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, and final offseason alighting indicate ensure Kyrie Irving from a Cleveland Cavaliers.

But Ainge competence already have a pretension contender, generally with James in a Western Conference. The Celtics modernized to a Eastern Conference finals with Irving and Gordon Hayward out since of injuries.

“I feel good that we have a lot of players that people like and want,” Ainge said. “That’s a good feeling to have. That’s not always a case, and that’s a reason we like a guys, too, is we have a lot of talent on a team. I’m vehement about a group going forward.”

The Celtics have popped adult in a accumulation of trade rumors this offseason, quite in tie with Leonard, after a two-time Defensive Player of a Year reportedly requested a trade.

ESPN reported Friday a Spurs were actively concerned in discussions with a Celtics and Lakers about Leonard, yet a Celtics also seem distressed to go all-in on Leonard due to concerns about his health and a probability that he could leave in giveaway group subsequent summer.

Ainge pronounced Friday that a infancy of reports and rumors about probable trades aren’t unconditionally accurate, adding that he has had to stay in hold with players (and agents of players) whose names seem in rumors to equivocate souring relationships.

“I consider that many of that is false,” Ainge said. “Especially a sum of it. And what we don’t like about it is, we don’t like how names are only thrown around (in reports). (Reporters) substantially don’t caring about a names, and that’s your pursuit is to make good stories and have things to speak about on a air. Most of it’s not true, yet there’s infrequently pieces and pieces of it that are true. So it’s not sum lies, yet — we can’t call it feign news — yet it’s complex.

“These are formidable situations, and we consider that, only like (reporters) don’t like responding or carrying to respond to rumors, even yet it does give we good programming, we don’t like it any more, carrying to understanding with a players that are job me and a agents that are job me when their name is in a gossip that’s, like, only totally done up.”

—Field Level Media

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