Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Lebron James lands in Los Angeles Saturday

Lonzo Ball Lakers Spurs Kawhi Leonard Report: LeBron doesn't have plans to meet with Cavs
Eugene Bates | 03 July, 2018, 02:11

Haynes notes that the Los Angeles Clippers "haven't abandoned pursuit" of Leonard and could potentially trade for him this offseason.

Cleveland can offer the star more money than any other team in the National Basketball Association - a whopping a five-year max deal worth around $205 million.

Leonard reportedly wants to be traded to the Lakers, or he will sign with them next summer when he becomes a free agent.

The Sixers already have the cap space to simply sign LeBron James, so if they were able to make a trade for Leonard, they wouldn't have to make any subsequent moves to add "The King".

A good way of thinking about this: If James had chosen to stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers, it would be a relatively safe call.

The superstar has agreed to 4-year, US$154 million deal which is likely to create a new contender in the NBA's Western Conference.

LeBron has left Cleveland for the second time.

Smith of ESPN reported league executives have speculated that Leonard may consider sitting out the entire 2018-19 season if the San Antonio Spurs do not acquiesce to his demand of a trade to Los Angeles.

He could still re-sign with Cleveland, although the strong current from national media is James appears ready to move again.

James, 33, is coming off one of his finest campaigns as a pro in his 15th season.

Lakers are dealing out most of their youth to land all-time greats Leonard and James, with a possible trade situation including late first round gem Kyle Kuzma and promising star Brandon Ingram getting comparisons to Kevin Durant. Going to the Lakers is not quite as safe - he is joining a storied franchise with championship expectations and he will have to battle Golden State and Houston just for the chance to compete for another ring.

Recent developments have caused worry among several Cavs fans, such as Oklahoma City's Paul George exercising his own opt-out clause to set up a potential pairing with James on the Los Angeles Lakers.

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