Published: Wed, June 27, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Kawhi Leonard adamant about trade, Spurs unwilling to budge

Kawhi Leonard adamant about trade, Spurs unwilling to budge

On the heels of reporting surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers and an aggressive trade pursuit of Kawhi Leonard before LeBron James acts on a player option for the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season, buzz is building that James' arrival in the nation's second-largest market could be dictated by another star (i.e. Leonard or Paul George) coming alongside him.

But league executives aren't so sure the Lakers need to make pre-emptory moves in order to get James to come to LA.

In the reporting, Deveney cites a league executive saying that "he expects James to sign with the Lakers, even before the team remakes its roster" even in the midst of buzz that James is communicating with other top-tier players about a partnership. The report claims "there's a race to secure Leonard before James is faced with deciding whether to become a free agent on Friday, especially with concern that Oklahoma City's Paul George is no longer assured of signing with the Lakers".

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The Spurs could find themselves driving up the price for Leonard, as teams grow desperate to trade for him as a means to land James or George.

If Los Angeles Lakers fans are monitoring where LeBron James' 13-year-old son is enrolling in school as an indicator of where the elder James may end up this summer, they are probably getting quite excited. A previous talk between the two franchises didn't go so well, but things have changed since then and it has the Spurs open to all possibilities, according to ESPN. That certainly plays in favor of the Lakers, as Leonard has stated that's where he wants to play. Would they deal Leonard before LeBron decides on his next team? His player-option deadline is Friday, and that's his last, best opportunity to join the Rockets. At that point, George might just prefer to stay with the Thunder.

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