NBA Free Agency Rumors: Kawhi And LeBron Had A Chat

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The Los Angeles Lakers are in the middle of a busy offseason, with rumors flying that have them hoping to trade for Kawhi Leonard as well as possibly sign free agents LeBron James and Paul George.

While the Los Angeles Lakers are Leonard's desired destination, he has not ruled out the possibility of signing off on a trade to another major market team such as Boston, Philadelphia or NY.

"Kawhi Leonard to miss birthday party (return from injury management)", one fan said in relation to this past season's Spurs injury report.

Later Wednesday, ESPN reported that the Lakers had reached out again to pursue Leonard for the first time since their initial inquiry, reinforcing the reported urgency.

And while the Lakers have other young players, like Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, and future first-round draft picks to trade, the Celtics and 76ers are among the teams interested in Leonard that might be able to offer players with higher ceilings.

As July 1 approaches with haste, much of the National Basketball Association world is quiet but the headliner of the pre-free agency process continues to be the future of Kawhi Leonard.

The Lakers want a deal done ASAP because adding Kawhi could be what ultimately makes LeBron James decide to leave Cleveland (I don't think it's 100% guaranteed at this point).

If LeBron does not opt in to his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, he will become an unrestricted free agent. That potential move could compel the Lakers to get more aggressive in bidding for Leonard, all the better to land both him and James. Based on the latest reports, that may be the most plausible scenario, as San Antonio likely wouldn't accept a deal that didn't involve Tatum, Brown or Irving.

Leonard has made this situation nearly impossible for the Spurs.

The Boston Celtics have reportedly held trade discussions with San Antonio. Covington is as much a paragon of the Sixers' development efforts as any player of The Process era, emerging from an undrafted free agent to a key starter the team inked to a long-term extension last fall.

On the flip side, the Celtics are rumored to be dipping their toe into the water on trade talks for Leonard.

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