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Even if the Boston Celtics or another NBA team ends up trading for Kawhi Leonard, the San Antonio Spurs superstar doesn’t intend to stay with his new team longer than one season.

As reported in a new story by ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski, Leonard plans to inform “rival teams” that may offer trades for him that he intends to sign with one of the Los Angeles teams – preferably the Lakers – when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2019. It was previously reported that Leonard preferred to be traded to the Lakers or Clippers, but the Spurs reportedly don’t plan on trading Leonard within the Western Conference.

The report comes amid news that Leonard met with Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich in southern California, which was planned for weeks and intended to discuss a number of issues that have led to Leonard’s desire to leave San Antonio. The Celtics have been among the teams reportedly interested in trading for Leonard, who grew up and attended high school in Riverside, California.


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Dec 30, 2017, Detroit, MI, USA: San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard reacts after a play during the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. (Photo Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports)

Dec 30, 2017, Detroit, MI, USA: San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard reacts after a play during the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. (Photo Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports)

Trading for Leonard would present a challenge for Danny Ainge, especially if he intends to acquire him without including Kyrie Irving in a deal. The Celtics would have to get creative financially in order to make the money even out in a deal.

Chris Mannix told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich on Tuesday that the Celtics have been interested in Leonard for months, but have a “ceiling” in terms of an offer.


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