‘Pressure mounting’ on Lakers to trade for Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard

It hasn't been talked about much, but two of the NBA's 10 best players are about to become free agents.

Another James preference that could impact free agency - assuming he chooses to opt out before Friday's deadline - is that he wants to make a decision quickly in July free agency, league sources said.

James has done a phenomenal job of leading his teams to the NBA Finals year after year.

No, James and his legions of fans throughout OH will have to make those decisions on their own. That could allow them to sign James and George while also going out and acquiring a player like Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs. So with the recent rumor surrounding Philadelphia being one of the teams that has already made an offer to San Antonio, here are three questions to consider surrounding the latest trade report involving Leonard.

Celtics general manager Danny Ainge has taken similar risks before, though nothing identical to giving up a haul for Leonard, who played only nine games this season because of a leg injury but who finished third in MVP voting only one season prior.

James hasn't ruled out a return to Cleveland, but his chances of staying with a reshaped and upgraded roster are murky. Johnson said Tuesday that he saw his team's plan to attract superstar talent as "a two-summer thing", meaning this offseason and the next, telling reporters, "You have to give us time".

Both teams also believe a Leonard trade would "likely clinch" a commitment from LeBron James to join the Lakers as a free agent, per ESPN.

Those comments came after Irving publicly didn't rule out playing alongside James once again at some point in his career.

With three days to go until the official start of the National Basketball Association free-agency period, things are quickly spiraling out of control for several teams and players.

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant believes his path was more hard than that of Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star LeBron James.

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