Lakers could send Spurs 'overwhelming' offer for Kawhi Leonard, ESPN reports

Tyler Owen
June 28, 2018

In the reporting, Deveney cites a league executive saying that "he expects James to sign with the Lakers, even before the team remakes its roster" even in the midst of buzz that James is communicating with other top-tier players about a partnership. Perhaps San Antonio won't get a better offer than one made by the Lakers, considering Leonard appears hellbent on signing a long-term contract with one of the Los Angeles teams next summer.

The Kawhi Leonard trade talks continue to intensify, and it was recently reported that the Boston Celtics are one team that have contacted the San Antonio Spurs.

While Magic Johnson plays it cool regarding his chances to add major free agents to the Los Angeles Lakers, pressure to create his own superteam in L.A. may be mounting behind the scenes.

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But if a team like the Lakers is desperate to land Leonard, then it could help the Spurs.

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Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram have been featured most prominently in any suggested trade proposals with the Spurs.

But since Leonard and San Antonio president-coach Gregg Popovich met in San Diego last week, we haven't heard much. That's because 13-year-old "Bronny", a highly regarded basketball player in OH, is very "likely" to enroll at a prestigious Los Angeles high school, according to a TMZ Sports report Wednesday, although it's apparently "not a done deal".

The Spurs are on the clock, too.

Another preference by James that could impact free agency, league sources said, is that he wants to make a decision quickly in July free agency. That could mean that the Lakers may only be desperate for a little while longer.

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