Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Lakers Again Approach Spurs On Kawhi Leonard Trade

A Lakers Fan Has Put Up 40 (Yes, 40) Billboards to Recruit Paul George LaMarcus Aldridge Kawhi Leonard: Celtics to trade for LA instead?
Cassandra Gardner | 28 June, 2018, 04:52

According to ESPN, the team feels pressure to get a deal done before Friday when LeBron James will be forced to make a decision regarding the final year of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. On top of that, there are several other teams with valuable assets that are looking into the possibility of trading for Leonard, including the Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers.

That potentially puts pressure on the Lakers to land at least one superstar - specifically San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard or Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George - prior to James' free agent decision, which is likely to come sooner rather than later.

Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania reported earlier this month that Leonard wants out of San Antonio because of the "mistrust" that formed from the way the organization handled his quad injury this past season. George had only one season remaining on his deal when the Pacers traded him last summer.

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That doesn't mean it's impossible for the two sides to agree on a deal. However, he needs the Spurs, who reportedly don't want to trade Leonard within the Western Conference, to play ball.

The price of making a Leonard deal happen could be a steep one for the Lakers. Aldridge becomes even more expendable if the Spurs were to trade for a young building block like Brandon Ingram or Markelle Fultz. A third team could take a Laker and send the Spurs a preferable player or draft pick. Leonard and James would be quite the formidable duo, and there's no doubt they and the rest of the team would reach their full potential under head coach Gregg Popovich.

According to a source of The Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett, the Celtics have contacted San Antonio, but the conversation did not bear any fruitful result in favor of Boston. They could include restricted free agent Marcus Smart in a sign-and-trade with Smart's consent, as well.

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