Report: Celtics offered several of their best draft assets to Spurs for Leonard

The Boston Celtics were willing to part with some of their future draft picks from other teams to acquire Kawhi Leonard, but the San Antonio Spurs were not interested in packages which were heavy on draft picks — according to ESPN reporter Zach Lowe.

In their conversations with the Spurs, the Celtics never offered Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum. San Antonio doesn’t want to rebuild and wants to stay competitive in the rugged Western Conference.

The Spurs traded Leonard and Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for DeMar DeRozanJakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick.

“Rebuilding was just not going to be an option there,” said Zach Lowe on his podcast. “They want to remain relevant I think is the word that has been used. They want to remain in the playoff race. They just weren’t going to consider offers that were heavy on draft picks and young players.

“And by the way, as all the reporting from this sort of trickled in, I think the Celtics offered most of their best draft picks. I don’t think the Celtics just offered (and said), ‘You could have a bunch of our picks.’ I think some of the picks they’re owed, at least two of the picks, if not all of them that they own from other teams, including the Kings, Grizzlies and Clippers. I think those were all in the deal. And the Spurs were like, ‘Nah, we don’t want that.’ ”