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Kawhi Leonard's birthday wish: A trade to the Lakers

02 July, 2018, 04:17 | Author: Carla Brady
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Covington, though much-maligned, is a first team All-Defensive player and capable three-point shooter. Could they all remain with the teams with which they played last season?

The Lakers could wait it out and not give up too many assets for Leonard, but doing so may cost them James or other big-name free agents. James has homes in both cities, and those who know him seem to believe his family will have a large say in this decision. The Celtics do have the assets required to make a move for Leonard as they have multiple draft picks and players like Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Kyrie Irving. Kemba Walker is about as good of a player that the Cavs could conceivably acquire this offseason.

ESPN has reported that five teams have made the Spurs an offer for Kawhi Leonard.

In attempting to force through a trade exit, Leonard is prepared to turn down the chance to sign a $219m supermax contract extension with the Spurs, showing the level of his discontent with the Western Conference giants.

"The one thing that I've always done is considered, obviously, my family", James told reporters after the Cavaliers lost to the Warriors in the NBA Finals earlier this month.

George isn't the only free agent the Lakers could target in a pairing with James. After they did not make the trade, George was traded to the Thunder and one year later re-signed with them.




The Sixers are reportedly keeping Markelle Fultz off limits for now.

Could Leonard join the Lakers next year in free agency without the Lakers giving anything up? If James does indeed decide to head West, that could make George's decision a lot easier.

Houston could acquire James in a sign-and-trade deal, but it would require a third team to complete the transaction. If he did, the former NBA Finals MVP would probably end up on the Lakers.

Belinelli played on the Spurs 2014 championship team.

Leonard's and the Spurs' relationship fractured this year while Leonard was out with a leg injury. It doesn't make any sense for the Celtics to trade away their young and talented players for someone who doesn't have interest in re-signing after this year. San Antonio would nearly certainly insist on getting players such as Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram plus draft picks in return.

ESPN later reported that the Lakers "re-engaged the Spurs Wednesday in aggressively pursuing" Leonard. Other teams reportedly interested in Leonard include the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers and L.A. Clippers.

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