Lakers pressured to add Leonard before LeBron decision

Lakers pressured to add Leonard before LeBron decision

According to a new report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst, Boston has sent another trade offer to the San Antonio Spurs for their disgruntled superstar.

According to several experts at ESPN, there seems to be mounting pressure for the franchise to trade for Kawhi Leonard as LeBron James remains hesitant to be the first player to commit to the franchise. It means the Celtics would have to include a group of players just to fit Leonard's $20.1 million 2018-19 salary into the team.

This time with Leonard and the Spurs, they would like to have a chance to be in the discussions at the end, though it doesn't appear (again, yet) as if there is much of an avenue for an agreement.

Sports Illustrated's Robin Lundberg published a leaked copy of the Lakers' pitch to All-Star forward George on Monday afternoon, which is part of the team's bid to sign him during the upcoming free agency period.

George is reportedly "seriously considering" a return to the Oklahoma City Thunder, but has not ruled out the Lakers either.

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Celtics general manager Danny Ainge has taken similar risks before, though nothing identical to giving up a haul for Leonard, who played only nine games this season because of a leg injury but who finished third in MVP voting only one season prior.

Don't expect the Spurs to panic trade Leonard like the Cavaliers did with Kyrie Irving. On top of that, he has one year left on his contract, and is absolutely impossible to trust that he will be coming back after one season. Meanwhile, current Spurs player Pau Gasol recently spoke on Leonard's future, noting that he doesn't think any amount of money will fix the Spurs-Leonard relationship.

But Popovich and the Spurs made amends with Aldridge over the course of last summer and he signed a three-year extension with the club in October.

The Spurs do not have to rush to make a deal, as they could potentially wait until the trade deadline to finally pull the trigger.

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