San Antonio Spurs trade talks pick right back up

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The decision sets up a wild National Basketball Association free agency period that begins Sunday, with teams trying to assemble talent and money to make a run at top stars like James and Paul George, who opted out Thursday from Oklahoma City.

The question now is whether the Lakers even have enough to convince the San Antonio Spurs to send Leonard there.

On Wednesday, ESPN reported there was mounting pressure on the Lakers to land Leonard, believing that doing so could help them get James.

According to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the last straw for Leonard was the comment Tony Parker made comparing the two's injuries. However, the Lakers aren't alone in their pursuit of the two-time Defensive Player of the Year.

James has yet to opt out of his contract in Cleveland, but we all know that's what's going to happen.

James does not appears like he will exercise his player option to re-sign with the Cavaliers, making him the most desired unrestricted free agent player in the market with the Lakers being the top favorites to acquire him.




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. If the Lakers make any trade with the Spurs it seems Ingram will definitely be on his way out.

This report basically confirms that if the Lakers don't get Kawhi, they don't get LeBron.

The Boston Celtics have reportedly held trade discussions with San Antonio.

Speculation centers around contenders, including the Houston Rockets, Spurs, Lakers, 76ers and Celtics, but James shed no light on his plans in multiple interviews broaching the topic.

The Lakers clearly feel that a Leonard-James frontcourt would be a game-changer for the franchise, and it looks like they're willing to sacrifice young prospects and take on bad contracts to make it happen. The Lakers aren't almost as an attractive destination without either Leonard or Paul George, who is expected to sign with either L.A. or the Oklahoma City Thunder as a free agent.

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