National Basketball Association free agency - it's just getting started this offseason.
Yahoo's Jordan Schultz reported that Leonard reached out to James to discuss going to the Lakers, with Leonard saying he would like to play alongside James. Maybe given Leonard's demands to leave San Antonio, Ainge just called to check in on things and revisit his old offer. Obviously LA would rather have James opt out, which would allow them to sign James.
You should believe what you want about Smith's report.
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"However, it was a very tough and risky situation". "It was an ultimate decision for me to make". Inui picked up a yellow card in Japan's last match against Senegal. "It worked against us".
However, it is thought that the Spurs would not sell Leonard to the Lakers or any other Western Conference franchise for that matter. The Los Angeles Lakers will receive serious consideration too, sources said.
However, Lonzo's father LaVar Ball is another story.
The video above (and shown below) is from NBA Weekly, a Facebook Live show. It could absolutely influence his decision, but there's no guarantee that the possibility of playing with Leonard for a year would be enough to make James to alter his destination. It doesn't necessarily guarantee that he is staying with the Cavs, but I think it's a really good sign that he will. You remember, the report that had James texting the Warriors' Kevin Durant suggesting they play together on the Lakers?
According to a new report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne, James "remains hesitant to be the first superstar to decide on the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency". There has been chatter about LaMarcus Aldridge potentially being traded as well, which would mean at least another first round pick. Would the 76ers getting LeBron put them over the top? And while the Sixers have not made a formal offer to San Antonio at this time, Philadelphia has held serious internal discussions about acquiring Leonard over the last 48 hours.