Sixers ‘badly’ want to trade for Kawhi Leonard

Sixers ‘badly’ want to trade for Kawhi Leonard

That may seem to give the Lakers the most leverage, but Wojnarowski also talks about how there's pressure to get a deal done before free agency starts since the acquisition of Kawhi would encourage LeBron to also come to L.A. According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst, the Spurs and Lakers are talking Leonard again.

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers shares a laugh with head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs at the end of the game at AT&T Center on January 23, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. Once draft picks are signed, they can not be traded for 30 days. After rupturing a quad tendon during Game 2 of the Spurs' 2017 Western Conference semifinals series with the Houston Rockets on May 5, Parker returned to game action November 27.

"LeBron James reached out to Kevin Durant via text, from what I'm told, about coming to Los Angeles".

With the Lakers and Spurs now engaging in talks, ESPN reported that the Spurs are hoping to get a package for Leonard that's greater than what the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers got for Kyrie Irving and George last summer, respectively. Lebron James and Paul George are both likely to leave their current situations.

The Lakers are in no rush to sign the 25th overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, Michigan forward Mo Wagner, to his rookie scale deal, which would allow the Lakers to include his draft rights into a trade package, league sources said.

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The Celtics are one of the National Basketball Association teams in the league who has a plethora of trade assets that can convince the Spurs to engage in a blockbuster deal.

Lakers president Magic Johnson said earlier this week that if he can't deliver superstars via trades or the free agent market within two years, he will step down.

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.

James has played in the NBA Finals eight consecutive seasons. Leonard, of course, played just nine games for the Spurs last season due to a mysterious quad injury.

As it turns out, the Lakers might not be alone.

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