Playing alongside LeBron James may not be the selling point it once was — especially not for Kawhi Leonard.
Assumption across the NBA has been that Leonard wants to be traded from the Spurs to the Lakers this offseason, or at the very least, will sign with Los Angeles as a free agent after this season.
However, according to Yahoo NBA insider Shams Charania, the presence of LeBron James may actually hinder the Lakers’ chances of landing Leonard.
"Around Kawhi, it's been made abundantly clear there's not an interest to go join a superteam. I don't think he's jumping for joy that LeBron James is in L.A. with the Lakers,” Charania told “The Herd” Tuesday. “If anything, that's going to make him look, maybe more, toward the Clippers because this is a guy that won Finals MVP against LeBron James. You think he's amped up and wants to join LeBron now? I think that's been overstated."
So if not the Lakers, where?
Charania said Leonard may still wind up in Los Angeles and playing in Staples Center, but with the Clippers. Or, if he wants a move to the Eastern Conference, the 76ers are a potential landing spot.
"One thing that's been made abundantly clear. I'm going to stress this: There's no guarantee if Kawhi Leonard hits the market next summer he's going to sign with the Lakers, period," Charania said. "I think his options have broadened a little bit. There's another team obviously in L.A. I think he'd be very much open to the Clippers.
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"There's a belief around the league that if the Sixers came hard, there could be potential there for him to potentially be there in the long-term."
The plot thickens.
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