As speculation about Kawhi Leonard’s future with the Spurs continues to heat up, some more information regarding interest in the forward was revealed Wednesday.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, citing unidentified league sources, the Celtics made a trade proposal to the Spurs for Leonard before the NBA’s February trade deadline. However, San Antonio apparently turned down the offer and didn’t counter it.
Wojnarowski noted that the Spurs “remain resistant to trades” when it comes to Leonard, but he added that the Lakers and 76ers have become interested as well.
Coach Gregg Popovich and Leonard are expected to meet as early as this week to discuss any issues or concerns the star forward may have. Leonard, 26, is eligible to receive a five-year, $219 million contract extension that the two are expected to discuss.
Leonard appeared in just nine games for the Spurs last season before missing the remainder of the year with a quadriceps injury. His relationship with the team has been strained, though a number of unidentified sources reportedly claim he has expressed interest in staying in San Antonio.
Leonard signed a five-year contract worth more than $90 million in 2015. The two-time All-Star has averaged 16.3 points and 6.2 rebounds during his seven seasons with the team.