For the longest time, the most significant name linked to the Boston #Celtics was #Anthony Davis. #NBA Trade Rumors connecting the Celtics and Davis have been rampant in the past few years. However, it looks like the Celtics are putting their interest in Davis [VIDEO] on the backburner.

There are a few new NBA trade rumors suggesting that instead of Davis, the Celtics are going to pursue a different superstar. But still, he is coming from the Western Conference. Someone, who is more experienced when it comes to winning in the league.

Taking advantage of a rift?

The man starting to become a favorite in NBA trade rumors involving the Boston Celtics is Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs.

There is no secret that drama is brewing in San Antonio. It has led to numerous speculations that "The Klaw" is leaving the team [VIDEO] he won an NBA title with nearly four years ago. One of the first analysts to bring up the possibility of Leonard joining the Celtics was ex-NBA guard Jalen Rose. He believes that in Boston, the one-time Finals MVP has a better opportunity to win, especially playing alongside the likes of Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum.

Now, another prominent figure in the league seems to agree with Rose, which will likely further fuel the NBA trade rumors. Jordan Schultz of Yahoo! Sports shared on "The Dan Patrick Show" a conversation he had with the face of the franchise for the Miami Heat, Dwyane Wade. Schultz explained that Wade also sees the possibility of Leonard donning the green and white of the Celtics in the future.

Schultz added that Wade could also be thinking that the rift between Leonard and the Spurs is irreparable.

The Brow versus The Klaw

Both Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard are capable of transforming the Boston Celtics to title contenders again. So far this season, Davis is having a better run. In 75 games, the forward out of Kentucky has averaged 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.6 blocks, and 1.5 steals per outing. Davis' performance helped the New Orleans Pelicans make it to the playoffs for the first time in three years.

Sadly, Leonard was limited this season due to injuries. The 15th overall pick in 2011 only saw action in nine games, though he still managed to put up impressive numbers. Davis might look better now for the Celtics, but overall, Leonard is arguably the much-proven player. Leonard is a one-time champion and Finals MVP. He is also a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and has been in the postseason more.