Clippers have made trading for Kawhi Leonard a high priority

Clippers have made trading for Kawhi Leonard a high priority

Clippers have made trading for Kawhi Leonard a high priority

It is unclear how many of them will actually play with James rather than being included in a trade. Now, the Lakers have some power in these negotiations with Leonard wanting to play in Los Angeles, and their ability to sign him as a free agent next season.

So I'm not saying the Sixers should give up on going after LeBron James but they probably have a better chance at getting Kawhi Leonard.

James has bolted as a free agent twice - in 2010, when his contract was up with Cleveland and he chose the Miami Heat, and in 2014, when he exercised the early termination option in his Heat contract and returned to Cleveland. Leonard wants a trade to the Lakers now, and he has expressed his desire to sign with them in free agency in 2019.

Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman spoke to both James and Paul on the phone when National Basketball Association free agency officially opened at 12:01 a.m. ET Sunday, sources told ESPN's Dave McMenamin. Is it Los Angeles or bust?

His second stint in Cleveland also provided one of the sport's most iconic moments in his chasedown block on Andre Iguodala. If Los Angeles or Philadelphia acquires Leonard, it could make James' decision much easier.

The Lakers' offers for Kawhi Leonard have been "underwhelming" according to Kevin O'Conner of The Ringer. However, that has turned out not to be the case, as James seemed to be alright with what the Lakers already had.

In addition, the Sixers have also started talking to the San Antonio Spurs about trading for Kawhi Leonard with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz not available to be traded.

James' camp and the Cavaliers' front office have maintained a dialogue since the season ended, sources said. 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.

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

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