On June 28th, ESPN reporters Adrian Wojnarowski, Brian Windhorst, and Ramona Shelburne reported jointly that since the LeBron has still not made a decision on the future, the pressure from the Lakers management to deal with Leonard has grown.
The source stated that before LeBron was faced with the decision to jump out of the contract, the Lakers had been competing with other teams for trading Leonard, especially considering that George no longer promised to sign the Lakers.
Another thing that may affect the free market is that LeBron wants to make a decision before the free market opens in July.
The Celtics, Cavaliers, 76ers and Clippers also offered quotes to Leon for the Spurs. There is no good conversation between the Lakers and the Spurs that Leonard wants to go.
The cost of getting Leonard will be very high. The Lakers may have to give up some of the first-round picks. From Ingram, Kuzma, and Hart to the first-round draft picks in the future, there may also be limited-time free-agent Randle who will be traded first.
Sources said that the Lakers have expressed willingness to other teams in the league to eat in the 2018-19 season in exchange for a future draft pick. This draft pick can be used in potential deals.
It’s clear that the Spurs don’t want to send Leonard to the Lakers. If too many chips are made, is it too costly to be worthwhile?
Ramona Shelburne reported that the Lakers once again contacted the Spurs on Wednesday in the United States and strongly pursued Leonard. This is the first time the Lakers have been rejected by the Spurs.