Chasing Kawhi Leonard, Lakers engage Spurs yet again

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According to a report from Jordan Schultz at Yahoo Sports, Kawhi Leonard has reached out to LeBron James saying that he wants the two to play together next season. While Leonard wants to be traded to the Lakers, early talks between the franchise and the Spurs have not got off to a promising start.

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.

In March, Parker told Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News that his quad injury from the previous year was "a hundred times worse" than what Leonard was dealing with.

"I would think the Sixers have the best package to offer, because they have numerous draft picks and young players", said Jon Johnson, KYW's Sixers' beat man and one of the foremost local authorities on the Sixers.

Things are starting to get insane leading up to the start of free agency for the Los Angeles Lakers.

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While the Lakers are reported to be considering a trade package similar to the one that took Kyrie Irving from the Cavs to Boston last summer, San Antonio will in all likelihood demand a much bigger return.

With Paul George no longer a lock to join the Lakers, the front office has to act now to land Kawhi for the foreseeable future.

According to ESPN, the Lakers believe landing Leonard may be the key to getting James in free agency. In the past offseasons, Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge has been aggressive on the free agency and trade market, trying to add a superstar to their team, so it is not a surprise that Boston inquired about Kawhi Leonard's availability via trade.

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. The 2014 NBA Finals MVP has demanded to be traded. ESPN's Zach Lowe said Thursday on "The Jump" that "not enough people are considering" that James may, indeed, "come alone" to the Lakers. As good as Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and Josh Hart could potentially be, none of them will likely be as good as Leonard and they ain't going to be by the time LeBron finally loses the battle to father time. Leonard played in only nine games this season, scoring 16.2 points a night, well below his average of 25.5 in 2016-17.

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