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Lakers Haven't Been 'Really Aggressive' Of Late For Kawhi Leonard Trade

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Domingo Copeland | 01 July, 2018, 08:47

The Lakers clearly believe, if they trade for Kawhi Leonard, they can parlay that into signing LeBron James.

LeBron James' decision Friday morning to decline the $35.6-million option on the final season of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers gives the Lakers an advantage over other National Basketball Association teams in their attempts to sign him as an unrestricted free agent. When healthy, Leonard has proven to be one of the league's top players, and always seems capable of being in the conversation for the MVP award, which is why it really isn't a surprise to see all these teams expressing interest.

With Paul George possibly remaining in OKC, the pressure is now reportedly beginning to mount on Magic and the Lakers to go land Kawhi Leonard.

While the LA Lakers and San Antonio Spurs are reportedly engaged in trade talks for Kawhi's services, with the Lakers reportedly making a "Godfather offer" to the Spurs, this puts San Antonio in an interesting position.

San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard.

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In addition, they could add in the draft rights of their No. 25 pick in last week's draft, Moritz Wagner, while they are also pursuing an additional first-round pick.

Leonard, who can become an unrestricted free agent next summer, missed all but nine games last season due to a quad injury.

If they Lakers trade for Leonard, it could set the franchise back and disrupt their winning timeline.

According to ESPN, the Lakers believe landing Leonard may be the key to getting James in free agency.

So teams like Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Clippers are trying to figure out how much to offer San Antonio in a trade for Leonard without knowing what their chances of re-signing him are next offseason. Whether or not they play out is one thing, but to say players don't at least engage each other on the subject is another. San Antonio would nearly certainly insist on getting players such as Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram plus draft picks in return. Lakers fans may not want to trade for Kawhi since it's very clear that he wants to come to L.A. either way once he's a free agent in 2019, but come on. League sources told ESPN that should that be the case, his ideal preference would be to make a swift decision on his next team in July.

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