Is risking future assets for a possible rental worth it? Well, that's the tough question that Danny Ainge and management will ponder this week.
With Kawhi Leonard's career in San Antonio nearing its end, the landscape of the NBA could drastically change. Although the All-Star has Los Angeles listed as his preferred destination, it sounds like the Boston Celtics have better trade assets.
However, it remains to be seen if the Celtics are willing to trade Jaylen Brown and picks for the dynamic forward. Considering Brown's progression in his second season and impressive upside, keeping the potential-packed swingman makes sense.
Let's start off with the positive aspect of adding Leonard.
Acquiring the former Finals MVP would catapult the Celtics right next to the Warriors, as he'd join Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, and Al Horford. Whether he's playing phenomenal defense on the perimeter or dominating on offense, Leonard has undoubtedly become one of the best two-way players in the NBA.
Yet, Boston is still somewhat skeptical of trading for his services, which is certainly warranted.
Continuing to hear that Kawhi to the Celtics remains quite unlikely. Lots of variables and question marks with contract, injury, and Cs being reluctant to part with stars given that situation.— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) June 28, 2018
If Leonard is so hell-bent on joining Los Angeles, then trading Jaylen Brown for a rental is downright laughable. Sure, it'd be a significant upgrade for their 2018-2019 season, but the Celtics need reassurance.
They were one win away from making the NBA Finals without Kyrie Irving or Gordon Hayward. Maybe passing up on the chance to add a premier talent is foolish, but so is trading for a player with zero interest in the organization.
Oklahoma City took a huge leap of faith by trading for Paul George, which might cost them in the next few days. Don't expect the 17-time champions to make the same mistake this summer.