According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, Adrian Wojnarowski, and Brian Windhorst, the Lakers and San Antonio Spurs have re-engaged in trade talks centered around Kawhi Leonard.
Another James preference that could impact free agency - assuming he chooses to opt out before Friday's deadline - is that he wants to make a decision quickly in July free agency, league sources said.
James Harden finally got his MVP award on Monday night at the 2018 NBA Awards. Though the situation differed in some ways (Irving had two years remaining on his contract, not one), the now former Cleveland Cavaliers star hadn't considered Boston a primary choice amongst possible destinations.
After yesterday's announcement that the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs were back talking about the potential trade of Kawhi Leonard, many believed it was a lock that LeBron James would be joining him on the Lakers.
Exactly where Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James will be playing next season remains a mystery, just days before he's expected to officially become a free agent. There's also risk in landing Leonard only to have James choose another team.
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"I'm Magic Johnson, I'm still the same dude", Johnson said.
For the Lakers, that could mean trading much of their young core, robbing them of the depth they'd need to put a viable team around Leonard and James. The executive pointed out a similar dynamic played out "in Cleveland four years ago", when James very publicly declared he would leave the Heat for the Cavs, after which the latter team made a blockbuster trade for Kevin Love.
L.A. reportedly feels some pressure to complete a trade for Leonard in order to convince LeBron James to sign.
National Basketball Association players, in general, don't have a good track record of coming back from such an injury to continue to play at a high level.