LaMarcus Aldridge Kawhi Leonard: Celtics to trade for LA instead?

LaMarcus Aldridge Kawhi Leonard: Celtics to trade for LA instead?

ESPN has an update (of sorts) on the pursuits of LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, who has previously expressed a desire to sign with the Lakers, is a free agent, but he could certainly re-sign with OKC.

Leonard has been adamant that he doesn't want to step into the San Antonio locker room again, and the Spurs have been adamant that they won't be forced into a trade, or a timetable, prior to the February trading deadline, league sources said.

On Tuesday, Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson laughed off the idea of being anxious about the pressure to bring superstars to Los Angeles, citing the number of NBA Finals he played in.

The Lakers and Celtics aren't the only two teams to call the Spurs about Leonard. He's also strongly hinted that he wants to sign with the Lakers when he hits free agency next season, so he could be an expensive one-year rental for whomever wins the Kawhi sweepstakes.

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James is reportedly "hesitant" to be the first to commit to the Lakers once the National Basketball Association free agency dominoes begin, but having Leonard on board could make his decision easier. Sources have told ESPN that the Spurs haven't ruled out making a trade with any specific team.

One agent recently suggested to Business Insider that the Spurs should not trade Leonard, barring a mega-offer. The Lakers could even acquire a future first-rounder from a team that's looking to unload salary for the 2018-2019 season, and that draft pick could be used in a deal for Leonard, according to ESPN.

According to a new report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst, Boston has sent another trade offer to the San Antonio Spurs for their disgruntled superstar. Boston's ability to offer San Antonio future draft picks and promising young players, along with their location in the East, might make the Celtics the Spurs' ideal trade partner.

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