With all the speculation surrounding James' future, the Lakers have been pulling big moves in trying to make a trade for the Spurs' Kawhi Leonard, who told San Antonio he wants out of the franchise, with Los Angeles being his preferred destination. According to the New York Times' Marc Stein, the 76ers feel the same way about their pursuit of the NBA's best player. Leonard might be more likely to sign long-term with the Sixers if they sign LeBron, and LeBron would probably be more likely to sign with Philly if they land Leonard.
While James and Gilbert have notably been at odds several times over the years, McMenamin seemed to at least partially contradict Smith's report, writing, "A source familiar with the Cavs" thinking said re-signing James is Cleveland's "Plan A, B and C' when it comes to free agency". It doesn't take an expert National Basketball Association observer to know that players, and star players in particular, generally love playing in Los Angeles. The Lakers would be giving up a lot of their young core and future stars but ultimately, setting themselves ahead to be favorites to take out the 2018-19 championship and de-throne the Warriors.
That might change if the Lakers are determined to add their second star now.
The Clippers are reportedly one of the five teams to make an offer to San Antonio for Leonard. Both L.A. and Northern Ohio are home to James, and he has no such connection with the City of Brotherly Love.
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Now that the Lakers were able to get LeBron James to sign, the desperate need to trade for Leonard in order to convince LeBron to sign is no more.
Whether Philly has the assets to acquire Leonard is up for debate.
James told the Cavaliers that he is not exercising his US$35.6 million contract option for next season and will become an unrestricted free agent, two people familiar with the decision told the Associated Press on Friday.
USA Today reported earlier Thursday about a "Godfather Lakers offer" - an allusion to the classic movie's line "an offer that can't be refused" - that could leave rival teams unable to compete against what Los Angeles might offer.