Celtics Star Kyrie Irving Heaps Major Praise On ‘MVP’ LeBron James

28 June, 2018, 17:14 | Author: Greg Lawrence
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The Lakers are reportedly trying to acquire a future first-round pick that could be combined with some of their young assets to entice the Spurs in further negotiations.

However, despite the apparent mutual interest between Leonard and the Lakers, that doesn't mean the Spurs are necessarily interested in doing a deal and are, according to ESPN Deportes' Alvaro Martin, in no rush to deal Leonard before next season's trade deadline.

As the window nears for LeBron James to let the Cleveland Cavaliers know if he will become a free agent, speculation is at an all-time high.

James has until Friday to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Cavaliers, but with George seriously considering a return to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Lakers may have a tough time convincing James he could contend in Los Angeles.

Second, if he doesn't pan out, at worst he could be a "placeholder" to preserve their cap space so that they could give it another try next summer when Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker, among others, may be free agents.

Uruguay defeated Russian Federation to win group A
Edinson Cavani later added a third goal for his country with a poacher's finish from Diego Godin's header at a corner. World Cup debutant Igor Smolnikov's red card in the 36th minute was the knockout blow for Russian Federation .

James and George would be an ideal match for each other if they were to sign with the same team.

The 26-year-old requested that the Spurs trade him, with Leonard open to joining the Lakers or Clippers. That could drive up the price for Leonard, an unusual scenario for a player so close to free agency (and coming off an injury that cost him 73 games last season). So with the recent rumor surrounding Philadelphia being one of the teams that has already made an offer to San Antonio, here are three questions to consider surrounding the latest trade report involving Leonard. At the end of the 2018-19 season, the two sides could say goodbye and move on.

It had been reported by ESPN that the Lakers were feeling pressure to quickly land Leonard in an effort to lure James, who is reportedly hesitant to join the team without another star in place.

Clearly, the Lakers are playing a high stakes game, and they may be the only National Basketball Association team that is fully equipped to do so right now.

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