Last seen watching his middle child LiAngelo go undrafted last week, LaVar Ball still exists and could very much be a problem for the Spurs in trade talks.
While he can not directly comment on Leonard due to tampering rules, Ainge seemingly referenced the San Antonio Spurs star when responding to a question about possible trades.
The question now is whether the Lakers even have enough to convince the San Antonio Spurs to send Leonard there. It has always been expected that Brown would have to be the centerpiece of any Boston package for Leonard, along with next year's Sacramento pick.
The bottom line is that Leonard can't control where the Spurs will trade him, and so he might have to wait until the 2019-2020 season if he truly wants to be in Los Angeles.
Not many Eastern Conference teams besides the Celtics have expressed interest in acquiring Leonard. Whether or not they play out is one thing, but to say players don't at least engage each other on the subject is another. Both the Spurs and Lakers believe that a deal for Kawhi Leonard would mean LeBron James ends up in Los Angeles.
George and James have until Friday to formally exercise their player options on the final years of their contracts and become unrestricted free agents.
The Brooklyn Nets do have several young assets and their own first-round draft pick for the first time since 2013 that San Antonio would take for Leonard.
He also suggested that he should not be judged until after next summer, leaving some uncertainty about this year's free agent class.
Sunday's opening of free agency only marks when teams and players can reach handshake agreements.
The Boston Celtics have reportedly held trade discussions with San Antonio.