Spurs "fully engaged" in trade talks for Leonard

Hope Soto
June 30, 2018

Furthermore, Vardon adds that James decision will not be affected by the future of Kawhi Leonard, whether he's traded to the Lakers, another team, or staying in San Antonio.

The biggest rumor is from Stephen A Smith, who is reporting that LeBron James texted Kevin Durant on the possibility of teaming up with the Los Angeles Lakers.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Thursday that Boston is one of the teams that have engaged in trade talks with the Spurs.

The Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers and LA Clippers are among teams who have made offers to the Spurs for Leonard, league sources said. Some of the bad contracts handed out in 2016 (when the cap drastically increased thanks to the NBA's new TV deal) will start to come off the books next offseason.

Yahoo's Jordan Schultz reported that Leonard reached out to James to discuss going to the Lakers, with Leonard saying he would like to play alongside James.

The Lakers have until 11:59 p.m. on Friday for James to opt in or out of his contract, which has implications about Los Angeles signing him outright or having to trade for him.

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Also, depending on what moves the Lakers make, it's very possible that Brook Lopez (UFA), Julius Randle (RFA) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (UFA) will also be gone.

It now seems that the Spurs have been left with little choice but to accept this and soften their stance. Based on the latest reports, that may be the most plausible scenario, as San Antonio likely wouldn't accept a deal that didn't involve Tatum, Brown or Irving.

Unrestricted free agents can agree to deals on Sunday.

However, the Spurs have presented the Lakers with a high asking price that includes much of their young core that includes Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, and a couple of future first-round picks.

Any trade for Leonard would likely require a huge haul.

The Lakers would love to bring Leonard in this summer, and are feeling some pressure to do so before July 1, according to ESPN.

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