Published: Fri, June 29, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Kawhi reaches out to LeBron about teaming up, but where?

Kawhi reaches out to LeBron about teaming up, but where?

Maybe James doesn't come, and the Lakers have to settle for Plan B. And what if Leonard becomes smitten with wherever he's traded and decides to re-sign there next season? Philadelphia could pose an opportunity for Leonard to play for a contending organization in a major media market, and while he was closest with Spurs assistant coach Chip Engelland, sources say, it is believed Leonard and Brown maintain a good relationship from their time together in San Antonio.

The Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs reportedly re-engaged in trade discussions surrounding Kawhi Leonard on Wednesday.

Another James preference that could impact free agency - assuming he chooses to opt out before Friday's deadline - is that he wants to make a decision quickly in July free agency, league sources said.

According to The Post's Tim Bontemps, the "prevailing opinion" in National Basketball Association circles is that George actually intends to return to Oklahoma City this summer on a new pact. That would be a blow to the Lakers, who reportedly had been anticipating that George, also a Southern California native, would join them this offseason. Johnson, in particular, has pressure on him after claiming that he would step down if the Lakers don't land a superstar by next summer.

Sam Amick of USA Today reported hearing "rumblings" Thursday of a "Godfather Lakers offer" to the Spurs. The Spurs are seeking more in return, and it's hard to believe that one unproven player and a future draft pick that might be close to a second-rounder would be almost enough. San Antonio has plenty of time to sift through offers and make the best trade.

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While the Celtics certainly have the assets to complete a Leonard trade, they are in the same position as most teams. He intends to opt out of his Warriors contract and sign an extension with the team. However, the Lakers don't have the same trade chips as the Celtics and are also a conference rival for San Antonio.

According to a recent report by Yahoo!

As the clock ticks, the Lakers' expected meeting with LeBron James on Sunday draws nearer.

"Clearly, LeBron is keeping a very close eye on the Lakers".

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