Dwyane Wade thinks the San Antonio Spurs will trade Kawhi Leonard to the Boston Celtics.
The San Antonio Spurs and Kawhi Leonard were part of a media saga throughout the 2017-18 season, as everyone tried to dissect his mysterious quad injury and if there was a rift between the two sides. Teams already want to trade for him, too, which could make this one of the most interesting offseasons in franchise history.
As for potential suitors, no team has made it to the forefront. However, the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade thinks one destination makes sense for Leonard and will happen: the Boston Celtics. That’s according to Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports, who spoke about this on The Dan Patrick Show (h/t WEEI):
“That was really surprising,” Schultz told the Dan Patrick Show. “His thought process was probably like ours, Dan, which is something is really wrong there. It’s so toxic and severed there between the front office and Kawhi Leonard, that it might really be at the point of no return.”
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) April 11, 2018
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If this happens, it would be amazing how NBA transactions come full circle. The Spurs were in the mix for Kyrie Irving in the 2017 offseason, only for the Boston Celtics to trade for him. One year later, San Antonio trading Leonard to Boston, to join a super team and Irving would help the Celtics’ efforts to combat the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors of the Eastern Conference.
What would a potential trade package be? Well, the Brooklyn Nets pick no longer stands since it went to Cleveland, but the Celtics still own a handful of assets to build a Leonard trade around. That could start with either Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown and one or two first-round picks included. After that, it’s about matching the San Diego State product’s $20 million salary for 2018-19, which could mean Marcus Morris’ $5 million joins the package. Boston would need to include more money to match Leonard’s figure or restructure someone else’s contract.
If not Boston, where could Leonard go this offseason? Will San Antonio even trade him and just re-sign him to a $200-plus million contract? Whatever the decision is, it will be one of the summer’s biggest topics.