Sunday, 23 September, 2018

Kawhi Leonard adamant about trade, Spurs unwilling to budge

Kawhi Leonard adamant about trade, Spurs unwilling to budge Kawhi Leonard adamant about trade, Spurs unwilling to budge
Betsy Taylor | 28 June, 2018, 06:25

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst, the "pressure is mounting" for the Lakers to pull off a trade with the San Antonio Spurs for All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard. Of course, James acted in similar fashion when deciding to return to Cleveland, coming back to a situation that was keyed by Kyrie Irving but before the Cavaliers had (officially) dealt the rights to Andrew Wiggins to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a deal that sent Kevin Love to Cleveland.

When it comes to LeBron James' free agency, momentum appears to be on the Los Angeles' Lakers side.

The Los Angeles Lakers aren't ready to give up in their pursuit of San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard.

The Lakers are viewed as one of the favorites to land James should he elect free agency. The most challenging obstacle could be finding a way to acquire Kawhi Leonard.


The bottom line is that Leonard can't control where the Spurs will trade him, and so he might have to wait until the 2019-2020 season if he truly wants to be in Los Angeles.

The report claims "there's a race to secure Leonard before James is faced with deciding whether to become a free agent on Friday, especially with concern that Oklahoma City's Paul George is no longer assured of signing with the Lakers". Kuzma was one of the NBA's best rookies last season, tied for the team lead with 16.1 points per game after being taken with the 27th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. According to Sam Amick of USA Today Sports, San Antonio does not want to trade Leonard within the Western Conference. Leonard and James would be quite the formidable duo, and there's no doubt they and the rest of the team would reach their full potential under head coach Gregg Popovich. Meanwhile, current Spurs player Pau Gasol recently spoke on Leonard's future, noting that he doesn't think any amount of money will fix the Spurs-Leonard relationship.

Making things even trickier is that James wants to make a quick decision about where he's headed next once free agency begins on July 1, per ESPN.

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