‘Pressure mounting’ on Lakers to trade for Kawhi Leonard

‘Pressure mounting’ on Lakers to trade for Kawhi Leonard

‘Pressure mounting’ on Lakers to trade for Kawhi Leonard

ESPN later reported that the Lakers "re-engaged the Spurs Wednesday in aggressively pursuing" Leonard.

If Los Angeles and San Antonio can agree on a trade, it could greatly increase the chances of James choosing to become a free agent and signing a deal with the Lakers.

Cleveland has also been linked to George, as well as All-Star point guard Chris Paul, although like the rest of the league, appears to be in a holding pattern until James makes his free agency decision. The team did not make a hard push to trade for him previous year because of that thought, which could now backfire in more ways than one. "Our goal is to keep him as part of our program for a long time".

Leonard is attempting to convince teams that he plans on signing with the Lakers in 2019. A recent report by the Orange County Register's Mark Heisler included this quote from a source identified as a general manager for an Eastern Conference team: "LeBron is doing what he does: calling players on other teams he wants to play with".

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With Paul George seriously considering staying with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Lakers hope to land Leonard soon because James is hesitant to join L.A. without another star on the roster, according to ESPN.

The C's reached out to San Antonio about Leonard on Wednesday, but no real negotiation was made, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.

Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson recently went on the record, per Bleacher Report's Eric Pincus, saying he would step down if the Lakers don't acquire a top free agent within the next two summers.

Meanwhile, for the Lakers, their summer dreams are being threatened. That could play into the patient strategy Johnson is professing, but the Lakers may have to push their chips to the center of the table much sooner than they might prefer, if they want to make James's Friday decision that much easier. If other teams want Leonard, then they, too, have to race the Lakers for him.

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