The Spurs & # 39; Kawhi Leonard, left, split a couple of NBA Finals showdowns with LeBron James when the latter was in the heat. (1
9659002) It has long been one of the NBA's worst-kept secrets that rules need to be manipulated for gamblers. Players in different teams often discuss the opportunity to join forces. While on Thursday there were conflicting reports about whether LeBron James had written Kevin Durant about a possible partnership, another claimed that Kawhi Leonard contacted the Cavaliers star for a similar pairing.
Leonard and James were together in tens of new reports mentioned a return to the free agency and a possible move from Cleveland to the Los Angeles Lakers. Leonard, a native Southern Californian, has another year on his Spurs contract, but has been in conflict with the organization and is widely believed to be trying to construct his trash to the Lakers.
This team was not specifically targeted by Leonard's [zitiert] Yahoo Sports on Thursday, but Jordan Schultz's website claimed that, according to one source, Leonard "reached out" to James to say he wants " "playing alongside the four-time NBA MVP. "Leonard threw James at his incredible defense ability and how it would ease the pressure on James," Schultz wrote.
Earlier in the day, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on these talks between the Lakers and Spurs, who were cold, then reheated, with Los Angeles feeling "urgency "to get a deal done by Sunday, the first official day of the NBA free agency time. James has until midnight Friday to decide whether to break off his contract with the Cavs, while another important factor in the free agency landscape, Paul George, has decided on Thursday to part with his deal with the Thunder and on the Market to come. 19659007] According to The Post's Tim Bontemps, "the prevailing view" in NBA circles is that George actually intends to return to Oklahoma City this summer to sign a new pact. That would be a blow to the Lakers, who reportedly had expected that George, also a native of Southern California, would join them in this off-season. This potential move could force the Lakers to become more aggressive to help Leonard, so much the better to land him and James.
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Sam Amick of USA Today reported that he heard of a "Pate Lakers offer" on Thursday. to the Spurs. That would probably include Brandon Ingram, the # 2 draft in 2016, and the Lakers' most promising young player, plus a combination of future first-round picks and other young talents, including Lonzo Ball, second overall pick last year, Kyle Kuzma and / or Josh Hart.
According to Bontemps, who wrote that San Antonio was "uninterested in the point watch" on the Spurs 'wish list, Wojnarowski reported that the Spurs "were for a long time most fascinated by the Celtics' numerous" trading assets " while the 76ers with their impressive war chest were proposed by Leonard James as potentially strong contenders for this summer or both.
Durant also has an opt-out clause to exercise, but he would shock the league if he did anything other than make a lucrative contract to return to Golden State. Stephen A. Smith of ESPN said on Thursday that James "Kevin Durant wanted to come to Los Angeles by SMS after what I was told."
According to Smith, Durant was not seeing much reason to leave the Warriors, with whom he has won two NBA titles and Final MVP Awards, but Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com subsequently threw cold water on the Report. James "did not write" Durant, Vardon tweeted, and he also claimed that James's possible move to the Lakers "would not be (or would fail) whether they trade for Kawhi or not."
This could be great news For the Lakers, if it turns out James is bombing for Los Angeles, they'll keep their assets and then land Leonard in a free agency next summer. ESPN's Zach Lowe said on Thursday in "The Jump" that "not enough people think" that James could actually "come alone" to the Lakers.
"If LeBron comes alone, it's the Lakers plus LeBron plus cap-place, plus good young players – another is coming, it's only a matter of time," said Lowe. Meanwhile, James spends some of his recent time in apparent dismay leaping into the water from a tall, rocky perch while vacationing with his family.
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