Kawhi Leonard reportedly wants to leave San Antonio

Could Leonard be traded to the Celtics?

Kawhi Leonard, Patty Mills, LaMarcus Aldridge
Kawhi Leonard celebrates a basket with LaMarcus Aldridge. –AP Photo/Darren Abate

Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio, according to multiple reports Friday afternoon.

News of Leonard’s desire comes just days after the 26-year-old was expected to meet with coach Gregg Popovich to discuss the most recent season and his future with the team. Leonard — who was drafted 15th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft — has spent all seven seasons of his career with the Spurs.

He was a vital contributor to the team’s 2014 championship, becoming the third-youngest player to earn Finals MVP honors.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics will be interested in “probing” the Spurs about a potential deal — should Leonard become available in trade talks.

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Wojnarowski reported earlier this week Boston had made San Antonio an offer for Leonard before the league’s February trade deadline. The Spurs reportedly turned the deal down and did not make the Celtics a counterproposal. Wojnarowski did not specify which player(s) and/or draft asset(s) were included in Boston’s offer.

Leonard played just nine games last season, before missing the remainder of the year with a quad injury. Wojnarowski previously reported in January that Leonard was unhappy with the way the Spurs were handling his injury. He was reportedly “distant” and “disconnected” from the team during his rehab, which sparked speculation he was considering leaving San Antonio.

Wojnarowski reported Friday Leonard’s top preference for a trade destination is the Los Angeles Lakers. The Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, and Sacramento Kings are also expected to have interest in the two-time All-Star.

The Spurs are reportedly not going to rush the situation.