Report: Kawhi Leonard offers have been ‘flat-out unacceptable’ thus far
Despite reports of the Los Angeles Lakers having a “Godfather offer” ready to pry Kawhi Leonard away from the San Antonio Spurs, multiple league sources have described the Lakers’ proposals for the star forward to have “been underwhelming,” according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.
One executive went as far as to describe them as “flat-out unacceptable.”
This is consistent with other reports, which indicated that the Spurs have wanted the motherlode for their injured star forward.
Leonard has been intent in making his way to the Lakers, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski — something that he has very little control of for the time being, given that he has a year remaining before his player-option kicks in.
The Boston Celtics have been rather conservative this time around, not really in need of Leonard, but taking the exploratory measures to gauge his value.
The Lakers, likely knowing LeBron James would commit without the need of another star, now having agreed to a four-year, $154 million deal with the team, haven’t pressed with the urgency most have thought they had, making rather unattractive offers.
The Spurs are more than happy to wait for the right offer or for the right sense of desperation before parting ways with Leonard, holding a glimmer of hope that holding him captive for one more season would ameliorate matters enough to repair what’s reported to be a broken relationship with the team.