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Dwyane Wade believes Kawhi Leonard will be traded to Celtics

John Tomase
April 12, 2018 - 11:36 am

The Celtics need one more superstar to make a run at the Golden State Warriors. Could Kawhi Leonard be the answer?

Dwyane Wade thinks so.

The future Hall of Famer told Yahoo's Jordan Schultz he believes Leonard will be traded to the Celtics because of friction with his current team, the San Antonio Spurs.

"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."

The 26-year-old Leonard has been limited to nine games this year by a quadriceps injury. The two-time All-Star, two-time Defensive Player of the Year, and 2014 Finals MVP is a legitimate superstar and top-five player when healthy. He's coming off a season that saw him average a career-high 25.5 points a game. The 6-foot-7 forward is lockdown defender and dead-eye 3-point shooter (.380 lifetime) who could wreak havoc in a Brad Stevens system.

Will it happen? Leonard is signed through next season at roughly $20 million, with a $21.3 million player option for 2019-20. The Celtics have the pieces to make a run at any star player who becomes available, thanks to the development of youngsters Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, as well as the possibility of a high lottery pick from the Kings next season.

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