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Kawhi Leonard reportedly pitched LeBron James on the prospect of teaming up

Kawhi Leonard reportedly pitched LeBron James on the prospect of teaming up

Kawhi Leonard reportedly pitched LeBron James on the prospect of teaming up

The Lakers want to sign him and the stakes are especially high with current talks as James makes his free agency decision on Friday.

The Lakers are expected to trade for the disgruntled Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs and they may have a shot at landing Paul George in free agency as well.

This news follows a day in which Johnson spoke confidently about the Lakers' prospects.

The Lakers clearly believe, if they trade for Kawhi Leonard, they can parlay that into signing LeBron James.

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"One team source says preliminary discussions with San Antonio revealed the Spurs have strong interest in a package involving burgeoning forwards Dario Saric and Robert Covington as well as a future first-round pick", Fischer wrote.

With reports, rumors, whispers, and buzz about James trying to team up with other superstars, no one is quite sure what's next for the NBA's best player.

As Chuck just mentioned to me offline, the Celtics could just be driving up the price for Kawhi so the Lakers can gut their team for him. Philadelphia views the situation very similarly to the end of Paul George's tenure in IN 12 months ago: The Spurs have a fractured relationship with their star and Leonard's camp has publicly postured for San Antonio to trade him. The Lakers could have to surrender a combination of former first-round picks - from Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart - and future first-round picks and perhaps restricted free agent Julius Randle in a sign-and-trade agreement. It's already been publicly reported (by Rachel Nichols on The Jump) that Durant was returning to Golden State, but this would be the massive move that would shake up the National Basketball Association. The 33-year-old does not look like he will exercise his player option to remain with Cleveland, making him the most coveted unrestricted free agent with the Lakers being the big favorites to land him. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski writes that the Celtics "have assets" that the Spurs have had their eye on for some time. ESPN's Zach Lowe said Thursday on "The Jump" that "not enough people are considering" that James may, indeed, "come alone" to the Lakers.

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