Trade Rumors: Offers For Kawhi Leonard Have Been 'Unacceptable'

Dean Simpson
July 3, 2018

The Lakers are quickly moving to acquire Leonard in hopes that he can help lure LeBron James and Paul George to Staples Center.

ESPN also reports the 76ers have also made an offer for Leonard, with Philadelphia only having to make small adjustments to their roster to have enough cash in the kitty to offer James a max contract.

The superstar will sign with the Lakers, choosing them over the Cavaliers and the Sixers, among other teams who coveted the NBA's best player. Leonard wants a trade to the Lakers now, and he has expressed his desire to sign with them in free agency in 2019.

It was reported Friday that James has informed the Cleveland Cavaliers he won't opt in for the final year of his contract with the team.

Per McMenamin, the Cavs have "been in regular dialogue" with James' camp since the season ended earlier this month.

If the Lakers balk at the Spurs' price for Leonard, perhaps the Spurs deal Leonard elsewhere.

The San Antonio Spurs star, 26, told 33-year-old James that he wants to play alongside him, a source told Yahoo Sports.

The length of the deal, the longest since he joined the Miami Heat in 2010, signals his intent to build a long-term contender in Los Angeles.

The move comes after James made an emotional and unexpected return to his home state of OH in 2014. It seems, however, that James is only the first of the Lakers' seismic hauls this off-season.

The San Antonio Spurs are engaged with several teams in trade talks regarding All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard, including the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics, league sources told ESPN.

Lebron James landed in Los Angeles Saturday - fueling more speculation about the future of the National Basketball Association superstar. Going to the Lakers is not quite as safe - he is joining a storied franchise with championship expectations and he will have to battle Golden State and Houston just for the chance to compete for another ring.

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