Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Sport | By Victor Mcdonald

Predicting where each free agent will sign

Predicting where each free agent will sign

The Lakers could theoretically stop there, but if the Spurs play hardball and the Lakers really think LeBron James would 100% come if Kawhi was there, they may have to up the ante. Leonard wants a trade to the Lakers now, and he has expressed his desire to sign with them in free agency in 2019.

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst reported that despite the Spurs' attempts to make peace with their disgruntled star, an overwhelming offer from the Lakers could spark a deal.

San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard. The Celtics do have the assets required to make a move for Leonard as they have multiple draft picks and players like Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Kyrie Irving.

Leonard, who can become an unrestricted free agent next summer, missed all but nine games last season due to a quad injury. Leonard, a Southern California native, has a year left on his Spurs contract but has been at odds with the organization and is widely believed to be trying to engineer his defection to the Lakers.

Most of the free agents that the Lakers have this summer were not part of the long-term plans and simply were one-year rentals to free up this summer.

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The Lakers could potentially construct a superteam of LeBron, Kawhi and Paul George - but according to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, LeBron is already planning for a future partnership with Golden State's Kevin Durant.

ESPN reported the Lakers' willingness to include Ingram in a trade Thursday, and the Times does not dispute the team's openness to dealing Ingram, however, they were clear to say they have done no such thing yet. This should all but erase any thoughts the Lakers have about waiting a year for Leonard. The Celtics were only one win away from making the NBA Finals as they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Leonard's camp has made it known that he wants to be in Los Angeles, but he could be persuaded to stay in a larger market like Boston or Philadelphia.

Leonard has played seven seasons with the Spurs and was the NBA Finals MVP in 2014.

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