User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. There are still plenty of intriguing avenues to take in free agency and the trade market. If Leonard tells a team like the Sixers that there's no chance he would sign an extension with them next summer, there's little incentive to give up assets for the star forward. There was some concern that the Lakers needed to have a star in place in order to sign James.
"Whenever anyone says anything about another individual or about the quality of another individual, or what they're doing, I think the first thing to look at is the substance and gravitas of the source that speaks", he told ESPN.com in January about LaVar's criticism of Lakers coach Luke Walton.
"Plus, Brett Brown and Monty Williams, the new Sixers' assistant coach, have a great relationship with Kawhi Leonard, which has to factor into any decision the Spurs makes".
Leonard wants to play in Los Angeles, according to multiple reports. He signed a four year, $154 million contract. The Sixers are certainly in the running, and if they could land Leonard, possibly by parting with Dario Saric and Robert Covington as well as a future first-round pick to the Spurs, it's a risk.More news: Spurs want packages around Kyrie Irving, Brandon Ingram from Celtics, Lakers
The three-time National Basketball Association champion is now the most coveted prize in an National Basketball Association free-agent class that includes all-stars Paul George and Chris Paul.
The Lakers are quickly moving to acquire Leonard in hopes that he can help lure LeBron James and Paul George to Staples Center.
While the Lakers would surely like to pair Kawhi with James this season, they don't need to feel the pressure they once did to do so.