Los Angeles Lakers under pressure to pull off Kawhi Leonard trade

28 June, 2018, 06:25 | Author: Elena Meyer
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James has until late Friday night to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and is watching closely how the Lakers proceed with the Leonard talks.

The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to acquire Kawhi Leonard, and they don't want to wait much longer.

By no means does this indicate Boston is out of the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes.

While James and Leonard teaming up would make the Lakers instant championship contenders, the Spurs are reportedly asking for a significant return. All of those players have their own major decisions to make, although Leonard's situation is the most complex, because he is still under contract with the Spurs for one more season.

With Paul George still reportedly undecided on leaving Oklahoma City, despite the almost two years long rumors of him bolting to Los Angeles, the Lakers have little choice but to improve their package for Leonard. He wants to be traded, but only to the Los Angeles Lakers or Los Angeles Clippers.

Leonard, who can become an unrestricted free agent next summer, missed all but nine games last season due to a quad injury.

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"Here they have made a huge risk in trading for me, knowing I have one year on my deal", George says of the Thunder.

The Celtics could likely trump any trade offer for Leonard, with their vast collection of future first-round draft picks and a current roster littered with young and promising talent.

My favorite part in this soap opera is that Gregg Popovich is doing everything he can to stiff-arm the Lakers.

ESPN reported that the Spurs have not been in a rush to trade Leonard, but that they are open to dealing him to any team for the right price, contrary to a report that said they might only trade him to an Eastern Conference team.

Leonard has made this situation nearly impossible for the Spurs.

Making things even trickier is that James wants to make a quick decision about where he's headed next once free agency begins on July 1, per ESPN.

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