Kawhi Leonard Trade Offers ‘Underwhelming’ For Spurs So Far

NBA free agency 2018 tracker Le Bron James Sixers and more

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"That might change if the Lakers are determined to add their second star now".

The teammates LeBron James will be joining all have potential, but other than Brandon Ingram, have just as good of a chance to suffer from a sophomore slump than to improve off of last season.

This is a bold move, but an astute one.

The Ringer reported late Saturday evening that Cousins would be an "increasingly likely target" for the Lakers on a short-term, max-level contract if they were unable to sign Paul George, citing league sources. That eventually led to the communication breakdown between the player and franchise and ensued in the offseason discussion of where Leonard will go, specifically Los Angeles. "I haven't spoken to the front office in a while, so we'll see what happens". Aside from when the 73-win Warriors had cap room in 2016 thanks to the cap spike, there might never have been a more attractive destination.

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That would be a hefty price to pay, particularly as the Lakers would have to try and fill out their rosters around LeBron and Leonard.

With the Lakers seemingly bowing out (for now), that leaves the door wide open for the Clippers to make a run at Leonard.

As the report noted, Cousins is the biggest available star on the market at the moment, with LeBron's status and his plans in question, so signing the talented big man could be important in building a team that could attract James. He did it based on what he wanted the next phase of his career to look like. The Spurs are reportedly hoping to send him to an Eastern Conference team if they do decide to make a trade. The possibilities, however, are much more exciting. When last seen healthy, Leonard was the best two-way player in the National Basketball Association and arguably the closest thing to LeBron. No one knows better than James what a challenge that is, but James knows how rewarding it can be when it works out, too. Via ESPN's Michele Steele, Stephen A. Smith reported that no one should be shocked if Leonard sits out the 2018-19 season to get to Los Angeles.

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