Los Angeles Lakers under pressure to pull off Kawhi Leonard trade

28 Juin, 2018, 12:40 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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Spurs general manager RC Buford said Thursday the franchise would exhaust every avenue to keep Leonard and had no timetable for a deal, but ESPN's report Wednesday evening said the Lakers may be willing to send San Antonio an overwhelming offer.

Initially, it was believed that James and Paul George were the primary targets of the Lakers, but reports say that George is believed to be leaning towards re-signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

If the Los Angeles Lakers plan to create a superteam that includes Kawhi Leonard, they will have to pay for it. Perhaps San Antonio won't get a better offer than one made by the Lakers, considering Leonard appears hellbent on signing a long-term contract with one of the Los Angeles teams next summer. However, as it has already been reported, Leonard preferably wants to go the Lakers.

Been retired for a while so not sure if I'm still doing this right, but according to a source there are two players the Spurs are open to being centerpieces in a Kawhi deal: Kyrie Irving and Brandon Ingram.

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If James and George were to opt out and join the Lakers, which has the salary-cap space to sign two top-tier free agents, that could potentially afford the team the luxury of waiting a year for Leonard to play out his contract, or at least give it more leverage in talks with San Antonio.

With LeBron James" decision looming, the Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly "beyond busy' exploring their options now.

Leonard, who can become an unrestricted free agent next summer, missed all but nine games last season due to a quad injury. The Spurs are reportedly only interested in sending the two-time Defensive Player of the Year and former Finals MVP to the Eastern Conference, though Leonard has made it known that he would prefer to land in Los Angeles. Free agency is days away, and reports suggest James wants to make his free agency decision quickly.

"This is the first contact between the teams since the Spurs "shut the door" on them after an initial call", Shelburne added.

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