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5 potential free agency targets in 2018

01 July, 2018, 08:44 | Author: Hannah Francis
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The Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs reportedly re-engaged in trade discussions surrounding Kawhi Leonard on Wednesday.

For weeks, the Sixers have been discussed as a potential landing spot for Leonard in a trade, especially after acquiring a future first-round pick in 2021 during the draft, with the Spurs, and according to a recent report, an offer may have already been made.

According to a report from Jordan Schultz at Yahoo Sports, Kawhi Leonard has reached out to LeBron James saying that he wants the two to play together next season.

We don't think Kawhi Leonard is going to end up on the Los Angeles Lakers.

San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard. However, their approach was rebuffed as the Spurs seem to have no interest in dealing with a Western Conference rival.




The stakes on these talks are enormous, because a deal for Leonard would likely clinch a free agent commitment out of LeBron James. The Lakers hoped to lure James and George in free agency, which would give them more leverage in Leonard trade talks - or simply for the ability to wait until next year to sign Leonard. That would be a blow to the Lakers, who reportedly had been anticipating that George, also a Southern California native, would join them this offseason.

The Los Angeles Times' Tania Ganguli reported on Thursday that the purple and gold have not included Ingram in any deals to this point. In the past offseasons, Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge has been aggressive on the free agency and trade market, trying to add a superstar to their team, so it is not a surprise that Boston inquired about Kawhi Leonard's availability via trade. Because of this, many free agents will be forced to sign for less than they anticipated.

The former Finals MVP disagreed with both the diagnosis and treatment of the injury, eventually seeking an alternative opinion from a doctor of his own choosing - Dr Jonathan Glashow, who also moonlights at the Sixers' chief medical officer.

The bottom line is that Leonard can't control where the Spurs will trade him, and so he might have to wait until the 2019-2020 season if he truly wants to be in Los Angeles. 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.

The two-time Defensive Player of the Year had been cleared to return by the Spurs' medical staff but he didn't believe he was 100 percent healthy and sought a second opinion.

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