Paul George plan revealed including 'script' for pitch video

Dean Simpson
June 28, 2018

ESPN reported on Wednesday that with LeBron James set to make an announcement on his future soon, the Lakers were under pressure to acquire Leonard and essentially pave the way for James to make a move to Los Angeles.

The thinking in Los Angeles is if the Lakers can acquire Leonard, it increases their chances at luring James and/or George as well. So with the recent rumor surrounding Philadelphia being one of the teams that has already made an offer to San Antonio, here are three questions to consider surrounding the latest trade report involving Leonard.

For the Lakers, it will be interesting to see what ultimately happens. The report claims "there's a race to secure Leonard before James is faced with deciding whether to become a free agent on Friday, especially with concern that Oklahoma City's Paul George is no longer assured of signing with the Lakers".

While James and Leonard teaming up would make the Lakers instant championship contenders, the Spurs are reportedly asking for a significant return.

The stakes on these talks are enormous, because a deal for Leonard would likely clinch a free agent commitment out of LeBron James.

In 2014, he returned to the Cavaliers after an in-person meeting with team owner Dan Gilbert.

San Antonio would prefer to bring back the two-time National Basketball Association defensive player of the year and 2014 Finals MVP, with a contract extension worth over $200 million somewhere on the table, but Leonard distanced himself from the team last season while missing most of it with a mysteriously stubborn thigh injury.

Before he joined the Heat, James had meetings with the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers, where team representatives pitched the All-Star with personalized presentations and marketing plans.

And, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sixers have already made offers for the star. The Celtics and 76ers have more assets to use than the Cavs do.

According to Sports Illustrated, the final pitch is a video with voiceover recited "with more of a Jaime Foxx and less Morgan Freeman/Denzel Washington" tone.

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