Few can admit that they were ready for the seismic upheaval that befell the state of OH after LeBron James chose to accept an offer to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers after four years of taking the team to the NBA Finals.
They have been locked in conversations with the San Antonio Spurs over a trade for Leonard.
James will wear No. 23, the same number he wore in both of his Cleveland stops, league sources have told ESPN.
ESPN, Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Times and New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Rondo will sign a one-year deal with the Lakers for $9 million after releasing forward Julius Randle to free up space under the National Basketball Association salary cap.
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Nearly certainly, the Spurs will demand a much bigger return than the Cleveland Cavaliers received last summer, when they traded Kyrie Irving to Boston in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Ante Zizic, Jae Crowder and the rights to the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round draft pick.
Should he do so, the 33-year-old would leave a legacy that few could better. They traded for J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, and Timofey Mozgov months into the 2014-15 season when the team got off to a slow start. But perhaps James took note of how the Warriors built one of the most dominant teams ever and realized his best chance at sustained championship contention down the line is to let the Lakers build more organically.
He then opted out of the final two years of his Miami contract and returned to Cleveland.