Bobby Marks Breaks Down Celtics’ Possible Kawhi Leonard Trade Offers

May JohnsonJun 30, 2018

The Lakers want to sign him and the stakes are especially high with current talks as James makes his free agency decision on Friday.

San Antonio has also spoken recently with Los Angeles and Boston about a possible trade, according to a report from ESPN. That potential move could compel the Lakers to get more aggressive in bidding for Leonard, all the better to land both him and James.

For now, the urgency of the Lakers' free-agent push for LeBron James and Paul George on Sunday places a clock on talks with the Spurs. They may end up being forced to surrender young assets like Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart, future first-round picks and maybe even a sign-and-trade agreement with restricted free agent Julius Randle, according to ESPN.

That team wasn't specifically cited by Yahoo Sports on Thursday as Leonard's preferred destination, but the website's Jordan Schultz claimed that, per a source, Leonard "reached out" to James to say he "wants to play alongside" the four-time NBA MVP.

With that being said, here are the top five potential free agent targets for the Los Angeles Lakers this summer.

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The Nuggets plan to give center Nikola Jokic a max contract this summer, which puts them in a tough spot in regards to the luxury tax, so it would make sense that they would be looking to shed salary.

"Kawhi Leonard to miss birthday party (return from injury management)", one fan said in relation to this past season's Spurs injury report. It's already been publicly reported (by Rachel Nichols on The Jump) that Durant was returning to Golden State, but this would be the massive move that would shake up the National Basketball Association.

If you are familiar with the ethos of the Spurs, it's no surprise that they aren't very interested in dealing with LaVar and the circus that he pays to follow him around.

In a testament to the closeness of James' inner-circle, there is essentially no certainty of what he'll do in free agency.

Citing a Reddit post that documented his recent Sirius XM appearance, Clutch Points wrote that former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin believes that Cousins will be signing with the Lakers this offseason.

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