While the Los Angeles Lakers are Leonard's desired destination, he has not ruled out the possibility of signing off on a trade to another major market team such as Boston, Philadelphia or NY. The Los Angeles Lakers will receive serious consideration too, sources said.
The NBA offseason wheels have been turning since the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs reportedly re-engaged in trade talks for disgruntled superstar Kawhi Leonard on Wednesday. He is the Lakers all-time leader in assists, but now he might have to make his biggest assist yet in free agency.
George and James have until Friday to formally exercise their player options on the final years of their contracts and become unrestricted free agents. Most notably, the Silver and Black are enamored with the bevy of assets the Boston Celtics have at their disposal.
On the flip side, the Celtics are rumored to be dipping their toe into the water on trade talks for Leonard.
The San Antonio Spurs appear ready to move on from Kawhi Leonard, but the organization is in no rush to get a deal done.
The Lakers could potentially construct a superteam of LeBron, Kawhi and Paul George - but according to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, LeBron is already planning for a future partnership with Golden State's Kevin Durant. With San Antonio believed to be uninterested in Lonzo Ball, the Lakers have three other intriguing young players - Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart - plus their future first-round picks to include in a deal. Even if the Celtics don't end up biting, it could end up driving the price up for a team like the Lakers.
He also suggested that he should not be judged until after next summer, leaving some uncertainty about this year's free agent class.