The Los Angeles Lakers are in play, with reports stating the offer to the Spurs could include Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram for Leonard, who has expressed he wants to play in Los Angeles and will be entering the a year ago of a contract, meaning if he's not signed by the team he's traded to, if he's traded this offseason, he'll be a costly rental. According to the New York Times' Marc Stein, the 76ers feel the same way about their pursuit of the NBA's best player.
Los Angeles will also open up for James more opportunities for his business ventures and social activism.
NBA's Most Valuable Player- LeBron James did not pick up the player option on the final year of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers and is now an free agent, he will now join another National Basketball Association franchise.
Now that they have James already, the Lakers certainly don't have as much of a need to trade for Kawhi. Maybe James will be OK with mentoring a bunch of young guys - and likely some vets who sign in order to play with him - and waiting for a trade or next summer's free agency to bring a genuine co-star. The Lakers have a number of intriguing young players, including Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma, that they may look to trade as they enter "win now" mode.
That might change if the Lakers are determined to add their second star now. The two superstars could turn just about any supporting cast into a title contender.
San Antonio ought to call Leonard's bluff, although their offers for the former San Diego State star are dwindling given the recent decision from James.
LeBron James is now officially a Laker, but Kawhi Leonard's future is still up in the air. The Spurs have reportedly targeted the Boston Celtics' rising start Jayson Tatum, with Kyrie Irving possibly in the mix, too.
Leonard wants to play in Los Angeles, according to multiple reports. Maybe they'll be the ones that acquire Leonard, making it easier for James to stay in Cleveland. Philadelphia would risk losing him in 2019 when he can become a free agent.