Brian Windhorst Says He’s Been "Assured" LeBron Hasn’t Talked To Kawhi Leonard

Brian Windhorst Says He’s Been

Brian Windhorst Says He’s Been "Assured" LeBron Hasn’t Talked To Kawhi Leonard

Trade talks between the Lakers and Spurs have heated up, and the consensus is that LeBron will sign in L.A. if Leonard is there. It seems, however, that the Lakers are willing to part with more than the least for now. Philadelphia could pose an opportunity for Leonard to play for a contending organization in a major media market, and while he was closest with Spurs assistant coach Chip Engelland, sources say, it is believed Leonard and Brown maintain a good relationship from their time together in San Antonio. "But based on previous behavior, the Celtics are unlikely to overpay for Leonard". Considering what both teams have reportedly offered, Leonard might not be going anywhere soon. "The Lakers could have to surrender a combination of former first-round picks - from Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart - and future first-round picks and perhaps restricted free agent Julius Randle in a sign-and-trade agreement". The Spurs are seeking more in return, and it's hard to believe that one unproven player and a future draft pick that might be close to a second-rounder would be almost enough. The 2017 first-round pick was an NBA All-Rookie First-Team selection.

Citing a source, the Los Angeles Times' Tania Ganguli reported Thursday that the Lakers have not offered Ingram in any deals "so far". Once draft picks are signed, they can not be traded for 30 days. Boston could have four first-rounders in 2019, including the Sacramento Kings' top-one protected selection. Leonard's suboptimal contract extension discussions with Jordan Brand in March signaled the importance of playing in a larger market, and the Spurs star would be open to playing in Boston and NY, the source said. The Lakers presumably believe that securing Leonard will entice LeBron James and/or Paul George to come on board as well.

Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs drives to the basket as he gets past Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of the game at Staples Center on February 26, 2017 in Los Angeles.

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