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Lakers Receiving Pressure To Trade For Kawhi Leonard Because of LeBron

28 June, 2018, 06:25 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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On the other hand, the Lakers are apparently feeling pressure to find a way to lure James or George (or both) to Los Angeles. LeBron James has to decide on Friday whether or not he wants to opt out of his deal with the Cavs, and even if he does, he won't remain on the market for long, as multiple sources have claimed he wants to make a decision before July 4th.

Completing a trade with the Spurs at all, let alone before the weekend, could be tricky for the Lakers.

However, the Lakers likely can't wait until 2019 to acquire both Leonard and James, although that's not out of the question, and they might not even be able to wait until the weekend to ramp up trade negotiations with San Antonio.

That doesn't mean it's impossible for the two sides to agree on a deal. That certainly plays in favor of the Lakers, as Leonard has stated that's where he wants to play.

What exactly would that offer be?

And while trade talks between the Lakers and Spurs went nowhere initially, the report also suggests that the Spurs haven't ruled out trading Leonard to any team, including the Lakers. The team did not make a hard push to trade for him a year ago because of that thought, which could now backfire in more ways than one. Ingram posted the same scoring average as a 20-year-old, and he might have more upside than anyone on the Lakers' roster.

The possibility of the Spurs looking at an Aldridge trade to follow a Kawhi deal was first raised on Bill Simmons' podcast this week, with guest Kevin O'Connor.

George averaged 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 79 games this season for the Thunder.

But Popovich and the Spurs made amends with Aldridge over the course of last summer and he signed a three-year extension with the club in October.

ESPN reported Wednesday the Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers, and Los Angeles Clippers have all made offers for Leonard, who reportedly requested a trade earlier in June.

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