LeBron James not meeting with Cavs prior to the free agency period

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard

A Southern California native, Leonard reportedly wants to defect to the Lakers, but that team has a hard choice to make in terms of how many assets to offer the Spurs in a trade, as opposed to possibly being able to wait a year and sign him in free agency. 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.

For Irving, the Cleveland Cavaliers received Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and Brooklyn's 2018 first-round draft pick. They have shown a willingness to take on salaries in return for assets in the past, in deals such as that for DeMarre Carroll.

Over 22 playoff games this past spring, James registered four triple-doubles, four double-doubles of points and assists and seven double-doubles of points and rebounds.

The point guard went on to say that his former teammate was "incredible" and checked off every mark statistically this year.

Cousins has been one of the best, and possibly at times, the league's best big man the past few seasons. They held a 3-2 lead on the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals but dropped the last two games of the series and were eliminated.

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However, Cousins is coming off a torn Achilles tendon that he sustained in January, the same injury that effectively ended Kobe Bryant's career.

James' reluctance to speak with the Cavs heightens the excitement over the prospect of him bringing his talents to the Los Angeles Lakers., the odds-on favorites to acquire James this offseason.

The other concern with Cousins has been his attitude.

Both teams also believe a Leonard trade would "likely clinch" a commitment from LeBron James to join the Lakers as a free agent, per ESPN.

With a lot of cap space to work with, the front office for the Lakers will have plenty of options this summer.

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