Lakers Racing to Acquire Kawhi Before LeBron Decides on Option

How the Lakers should convince Le Bron James to sign with them

But if only one of LeBron and George signs in Los Angeles and the Spurs won't trade Leonard there, that lone Laker could be stuck on a middling team still too young to compete.

Later, Deveney does note that "it would be the preference of James to know with whom he will play before he signs" but the idea that he would be even be willing to land with the Lakers without assurances from a player like George or Leonard is noteworthy to say the least.

Wojnarowski notes, the Lakers have expressed a willingness to teams to take on 2018-19 salary for the chance to secure a future first-round pick, which could then be used to sweeten a prospective trade opportunity.

ESPN has an update (of sorts) on the pursuits of LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard.

With NBA free agency due to begin this weekend, the Los Angeles Lakers are operating on multiple fronts.

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San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard has already established he wants to be traded, multiple reports have confirmed. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Clippers have also reached out to the Spurs with trade proposals, per the report.

Disgruntled superstar Kawhi Leonard wants to be traded to the Lakers, but the Spurs have been hesitant to do so, because of the reason mentioned above. Leonard has one year remaining on his contract and is eligible for the five-year, $219 million supermax extension.

If Leonard does, however, make his intentions of heading to L.A.in 2019 free agency clear enough, it could scare off other teams. That could drive up the price for Leonard, an unusual scenario for a player so close to free agency (and coming off an injury that cost him 73 games last season).

A telling sign where LeBron James might end up is where his kids enroll in school, and according to TMZ, all signs point to LeBron James Jr. enrolling in Southern California.

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