The Boston Celtics are teetering on the brink of the NBA Playoff picture this season - sitting in eighth spot out East at the time of writing - but, if one report today is to be believed, the famous franchise are plotting a free agency move that would see them quickly rise up the standings.
According to The Boston Globe, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge is planning to make a move for Kawhi Leonard when he becomes a restricted free agent at the end of this season.
Leonard has grown into one of the NBA's top players over the past couple of season, his NBA Finals MVP Award as the San Antonio Spurs ran riot against the Miami Heat last June proving as much.
The issue for the Celtics though is that due to Kawhi Leonard's 'restricted free agent' status they will face a very difficult task in prizing him away from the reigning NBA champions.
The Spurs will have the opportunity to match any offer made by Boston (or any other NBA team eyeing the star). As such, the Celtics will have to break the bank and make an offer that San Antonio simply aren't prepared to make if they want to see Leonard in the famous green for the 2015-16 season.
Kawhi Leonard will be joined as a RFA by the likes of Jimmy Butler and Brandon Knight while unrestricted free agents like Marc Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge make the upcoming free agency period very interesting.
Leonard though is one of the top talents out there. He is averaging career highs in points, assists, blocks and defensive rebounds this season. A Boston Celtics team with him on board would be infanitely better on defense.
The only issue is that, because of how good he is, it is very, very unlikely that the Spurs will allow him to leave.
What do you think Celtics fans? Is Kawhi Leonard the kind of player Boston need to go get? Let us know in the comments section below...
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