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Basketball: Free agent fireworks set to begin for NBA teams

01 July, 2018, 08:43 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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Superstar Kawhi Leonard recently stated disinterest with the San Antonio Spurs and would like to be traded.

James owns a home and film production company in Los Angeles, where the Lakers are hoping to sign top free agents and possibly swing a trade deal with San Antonio for Kawhi Leonard.

The key to getting LeBron James may now be Kawhi Leonard, and the Los Angeles Lakers are going for it. That may seem to give the Lakers the most leverage, but Wojnarowski also talks about how there's pressure to get a deal done before free agency starts since the acquisition of Kawhi would encourage LeBron to also come to L.A.

A report surfaced late on Wednesday that the Lakers had re-engaged the Spurs in trade talks for Kawhi Leonard.

Look, clearly it wasn't only this comment that made Leonard want to leave San Antonio.

"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.

Don't expect the Spurs to panic trade Leonard like the Cavaliers did with Kyrie Irving.

Things are starting to get insane leading up to the start of free agency for the Los Angeles Lakers. However, the Spurs are insisting on a much bigger haul than the Lakers are offering. Therefore, the Lakers thought they had little incentive to trade for him. Lebron James and Paul George are both likely to leave their current situations. Whether or not they bet the farm and go in too deep, with nothing to surround Leonard and perhaps LeBron with, is a whole other can of beans.

James has until Friday to opt out of his contract with the Cavs but is expected to become the most coveted player on the market when free agency opens Sunday at midnight ET.

James has played in the NBA Finals eight consecutive seasons.

Leonard continued his personal rehabilitation plan away from the team in NY and was not present for any of the Spurs' playoff games.

Wojnarowski reported last week that the 26-year-old has a strong desire to play for the Lakers as he's a native of Los Angeles.

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