ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst reported that despite the Spurs' attempts to make peace with their disgruntled star, an overwhelming offer from the Lakers could spark a deal. The possibility of a LeBron-Kawhi-Paul George superteam is also still on the table, but it would require both George and James opting out of their contracts before Friday's midnight ET deadline.
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According to ESPN, the Lakers have re-engaged the Spurs about a trade package centered around Leonard.
The Cavaliers can offer James the most money under National Basketball Association rules, a five-year deal worth $209 million, and he could also sign a short-term deal.
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Leonard's camp has made it known that he wants to be in Los Angeles, but he could be persuaded to stay in a larger market like Boston or Philadelphia.
The challenge to woo the Spurs into shipping Leonard to L.A., however, is daunting.
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Realistically, the Lakers may only pursue one of these guys this summer (we'll get to that later). "With San Antonio believed to be uninterested in Ball, the Lakers have three other intriguing young players-Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart-plus their future first-round picks to include in a deal".
George had always been considered a heavy lean to sign with the Lakers, and along with LeBron James, was labeled one of the key pillars to accelerating - or ending - the franchise's rebuild. What makes more sense is for the Lakers and Spurs to bring in a third team looking to take on bad salary in exchange for picks to help facilitate. Landing Kawhi would likely cause a ripple effect and possibly result in landing LeBron James.
"Plus, Brett Brown and Monty Williams, the new Sixers' assistant coach, have a great relationship with Kawhi Leonard, which has to factor into any decision the Spurs makes". The Celtics has a lot to offer, but will Danny Ainge be willing to part with Tatum for a high-profile rental like Leonard.
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