Kawhi Leonard's birthday wish: A trade to the Lakers

Kawhi Leonard's birthday wish: A trade to the Lakers

Ben Maller thinks that if the Spurs were smart, they wouldn't trade them to the Lakers at all.

According to a league source close to the matter, Leonard expressed his deep cravings to play alongside the veteran superstar in 2018-19 National Basketball Association season. Landing Kawhi would likely cause a ripple effect and possibly result in landing LeBron James.

For now, the urgency of the Lakers' free-agent push for LeBron James and Paul George on Sunday places a clock on talks with the Spurs. With Leonard having single season remaining in his contract, the Spurs will demand a pretty big package to part ways with their star player.

Trading for Leonard would be very risky for the Celtics as they already have a team that could contend for the title. "Leonard pitched James on his incredible defensive ability and how it would alleviate the pressure on James, the source said", wrote Schultz.

The Los Angeles Lakers are scrambling to put together a trade package that will pave the way for Kawhi Leonard to join the team, but as of now the San Antonio Spurs have not been impressed with what's on the table. James has until midnight Friday to decide whether to opt out of his contract with the Cavs, while another major factor in the free agency landscape, Paul George, reportedly decided on Thursday to opt out of his deal with the Thunder and hit the market.

George hasn't been a good fit alongside Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City. "I believe the Lakers have the inside track for getting LeBron".

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Absent the Celtics' willingness to move key young pieces or the Spurs deciding to accept less than what a Leonard without medical or contractual issues is worth, there seems to be nothing to indicate an agreement.

Last month, The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor quoted multiple National Basketball Association executives as saying San Antonio would not settle for anything less than a "grand-slam" offer for Leonard.

The Cavaliers can offer James the most money under National Basketball Association rules, a five-year deal worth $209 million, and he could also sign a short-term deal.

You should believe what you want about Smith's report.

Acquired via trade on February 23, 2017, Ennis averaged 5.2 points, 2.1 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 76 games (13 starts) for the Lakers.

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