Monday, 20 August, 2018

Lakers, LeBron James, and the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes

Lakers Rumors: LA's Pitch to Sign Paul George Has Been Revealed A Lakers Fan Has Put Up 40 (Yes, 40) Billboards to Recruit Paul George
Edward Snyder | 28 June, 2018, 08:11

While the Lakers had once seemed like a front-runner for Leonard, a Los Angeles native, once he hit free agency, that was also previously the case with George.

Emrani is the same fan who earlier this year paid for #LABron billboards recruiting LeBron James to the Lakers.

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.

If the Sixers cannot somehow land James, disgruntled San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard could become a viable trade option for them.

Completing a trade with the Spurs at all, let alone before the weekend, could be tricky for the Lakers. San Antonio is reportedly seeking young players and draft picks.

If Leonard can convince the rest of the National Basketball Association interested in trading for him that he'll only be a one-year rental before signing with Los Angeles in 2019, the Lakers could have the most compelling trade package to offer San Antonio.




That doesn't mean it's impossible for the two sides to agree on a deal. The most challenging obstacle could be finding a way to acquire Kawhi Leonard.

What exactly would that offer be?

One agent recently suggested to Business Insider that the Spurs should not trade Leonard, barring a mega-offer. Ingram posted the same scoring average as a 20-year-old, and he might have more upside than anyone on the Lakers' roster. They could include restricted free agent Marcus Smart in a sign-and-trade with Smart's consent, as well.

The ESPN reporters also said in their story that the Lakers have expressed a willingness to other teams take on 2018-19 salary in exchange for a future first-round pick.

George averaged 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 79 games this season for the Thunder. Their relationship was never a great one, but has further splintered in recent years.

ESPN listed Philadelphia as one of four teams (Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, and Los Angeles Clippers being the other ones) that reportedly already made an offer for Leonard, showing just how interesting the next week or so could end up being.

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