The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly discussing a trade for Kawhi Leonard with the San Antonio Spurs, with the hopes that landing Leonard will get them LeBron James in free agency. Teams have noted this is likely a negotiating tactic, and it's widely believed in league circles Boston is more likely to propose a deal centered around Kyrie Irving and future picks. Should they miss on Leonard and George stay with the Thunder, it then becomes increasingly unlikely they land LeBron as well. Get the app and get the game.
The Lakers are involved, and the team has some assets that it could flip. The Lakers would ideally use the draft pick in a deal for Leonard.
The offer is apparently including multiple 1st-round picks as well. Sixers head coach Brett Brown told reporters that Thursday evening.
If he doesn't do that, it's quite possible that the Cavs could have a real chance at bringing their star player back for another season.
However, in trade negotiations leading up to and during the draft, sources say Philly expressed how highly it values Saric and Covington. While the Lakers could wait until next summer for Kawhi and hope to sign another big name like a Klay Thompson, LA has to be anxious about whiffing in free agency again.
The other name Woj drops is more interesting though: the Boston Celtics.
Within the organization, the 76ers have acknowledged the challenges of obtaining Leonard and his looming medical concerns.
It remains to be seen whether Lakers GM Rob Pelinka will be able to convince his Spurs counterpart, RC Buford, to part with the former Defensive Player of the Year and 2014 NBA Finals MVP.
The risk and price tag in acquiring San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard may be too rich for the Celtics this offseason, but the Celtics still can not just sit idle and watch Leonard land with a team like the 76ers.
Leonard made waves in recent weeks about his desire to leave San Antonio.