Los Angeles Lakers under pressure to pull off Kawhi Leonard trade

01 July, 2018, 08:45 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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Other fans have shared endless GIFs and memes in the comments section where some of them have gained hundreds of likes on Facebook and retweets on Twitter. Though the Spurs remains optimistic that he will sign the massive contract extension, it is highly unlikely that they will hold Leonard for long, especially after the disgruntled superstar expressed his desire to be traded somewhere else. This means the ideal time to make a trade for those chasing after Kawhi is now. Los Angeles has yet to sign 25th overall pick Mo Wagner, meaning his rights can potentially be included in a trade; the Lakers are also willing to take on salary in order to facilitate a deal for an additional first-round pick, according to ESPN.

But the Lakers have Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball (who'd probably have to be conveyed to a third team) to forma package. There were reports of a "Godfather" offer from the Lakers that may have involved most, if not all of the assets I just mentioned.

If they Lakers trade for Leonard, it could set the franchise back and disrupt their winning timeline. Several NBA teams have already made a call to the Spurs, including the Boston Celtics.

His teammates even went so far as to stage an intervention, of sorts, to try and gain some clarity about the situation, which only exacerbated matters as Kawhi saw it as something of an ambush on their part.

The Spurs' Kawhi Leonard, left, split a pair of NBA Finals showdowns with LeBron James when the latter was with the Heat.

More news: LeBron James beat out by James Harden for 2018 NBA MVP

When you consider everything, it truly seems that the Lakers have all the leverage on the Spurs. There's no timetable on when anything will happen, but with LeBron James' opt-out, could the Lakers rush for a conclusion and put together their superteam? 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.

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

Kawhi is possibly the ticket to bringing in LeBron.

The fact of the matter is that a Lakers team led by LeBron and Kawhi would immediately contend for a championship.

Sam Amick of USA Today reported hearing "rumblings" Thursday of a "Godfather Lakers offer" to the Spurs.

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