National Basketball Association free agency is still four days away, but that has not stopped the trade winds from swirling.

It's been a roller coaster ride, to say the least, these last few weeks. And, why not? It makes complete sense because the Sixers would be able to afford putting together a monster team alongside Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Otherwise, the Spurs have shown no urgency to move Leonard.

ESPN reported the number of teams James and his representatives, Rich Paul and Mark Termini, could be interested in as free agents will be small. But they're not alone.

Leonard has made it clear that he wants to sign with the Lakers when he hits the market next offseason so there might not be a reason for LA to part with Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart to acquire the star forward.


The Lakers attempted to aggressively re-engage the San Antonio Spurs on a trade for Leonard on Wednesday.

It is true that the Spurs have no leverage whatsoever, because the sense is that Leonard is not going to play for them again.

For the Lakers and the Celtics, shipping a package built around those players would be easier to justify if only they could get assurance from Leonard that he's willing to stay with the team beyond next year.

Each team listed above has a very real chance of landing Leonard.


However, if Leonard truly is set on heading to Los Angeles after next season, a trade with the Spurs may not be worth it to any of the teams.

The price of making a Leonard deal happen could be a steep one for the Lakers. It means the Celtics would have to include a group of players just to fit Leonard's $20.1 million 2018-19 salary into the team.

A Western Conference source with an interest in the proceedings told the Herald the Spurs did have a brief discussion with the Celts today, but there was no real negotiation.

While the Spurs have rejected the Lakers before, Magic Johnson and company have remained resilient in changing San Antonio's stance. George wrapped up one season with the Oklahoma City Thunder after spending the first seven years of his career with the Indiana Pacers.


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