Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs re-engage in Kawhi Leonard trade talks

Hope Soto
June 28, 2018

The Cleveland Cavaliers are apparently willing to make big moves in free agency and on the trade market to convince LeBron James to remain with the franchise, but LeBron is making life hard for them by not discussing what would make him happy.

San Antonio initially rebuffed Los Angeles when it came to a potential Kawhi Leonard trade, but the Spurs and Lakers have reportedly restarted the talks.

Leonard, meanwhile, is desperate to leave the San Antonio Spurs after an injury-hit season that has reportedly inflicted irreversible damage to his relationship with the team.

"I think the people's MVP was definitely James, but the NBA MVP was definitely Bron".

Note that this does NOT mean that we can not re-sign any of these players, unlike what some would lead you to believe.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers would like to get involved in the free agencies of Paul George or Chris Paul in concert with re-signing LeBron James.

Both Leonard and James are established superstars, franchise players ready to become the cornerstone of any team in the league.

James, though, may be trying to talk George out of staying put. They're doing enough research to suggest that he's going to be willing to take that plunge and let the roster come together. 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.

National Basketball Association players, in general, don't have a good track record of coming back from such an injury to continue to play at a high level. James' shooting percentage from three-point range was the third-best single-season mark of his career. That's not in reference to LeBron James and Paul George, who have garnered most of the headlines in the early part of the offseason. 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.

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