For all the anticipation of the Los Angeles Lakers making a splash in free agency, they've also been a mainstay in trade rumors, and specifically with relation to San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard.
Despite all the claims of a strained relationship and bad blood, it was obvious that Kyrie Irving and LeBron James were still cool once they got in each other's presence and cooled off any talks that were centered around them and why Kyrie wanted to leave Cleveland. He also reported that George "is no longer assured" to sign with Los Angeles this summer.
However, despite the apparent mutual interest between Leonard and the Lakers, that doesn't mean the Spurs are necessarily interested in doing a deal and are, according to ESPN Deportes' Alvaro Martin, in no rush to deal Leonard before next season's trade deadline. Meanwhile, Brian Windhorst is reporting that LeBron will make his decision by July 4th, and USA Today is noting that the Houston Rockets are "all in" on LeBron James.
The Celtics could likely trump any trade offer for Leonard, with their vast collection of future first-round draft picks and a current roster littered with young and promising talent.More news: Trump Eases Demand for New Tools to Limit Chinese Investment
But they do have the assets to make a better trade offer than the Lakers. George ironically was in a similar position as Leonard - entering the final year of his contract and openly telling teams his preference was to be traded to the Lakers.
Bleacher Report made the prediction that both players will sign in L.A.in their latest free agency predictions. To lessen this hypothetical blow, the Sixers and head coach Brett Brown would have to come to some sort of a verbal agreement with Leonard's camp on an extension.
If the Lakers could get that pick plus package it with Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and Kyle Kuzma, the Spurs might consider it.
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant believes his path was more hard than that of Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star LeBron James. Everybody is connected with each other and whoever makes the first move could change the National Basketball Association landscape next season.