Lakers' plan unfolding: Want Kawhi as LeBron sweetener

Kawhi Leonard

GETTYKawhi Leonard wants to be traded to the Lakers

According to ESPN reporters Adrian Wojnarowski, Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst, the Lakers' front office is feeling the heat to make a move to bring Leonard into the fold before LeBron James makes a decision to become an unrestricted free agent on Friday. There is also the potential of them trading for Kawhi Leonard, although the Spurs have reportedly told the Lakers and other Western Conference teams to fuhgeddaboudit, according to USA Today's Sam Amick. However, the Lakers have their reason to believe that James is only going to Hollywood if they could successfully execute a trade with the San Antonio Spurs that would land them two-way superstar Kawhi Leonard. Thus perhaps it should not have been a surprise to see a report Wednesday indicating that James may bolt for Los Angeles and wait to see which other National Basketball Association star joins him there, quickly followed by another report claiming that the four-time MVP was "hesitant" to commit to the Lakers without assurance that the team had already landed some high-profile help.

Note that this does NOT mean that we can not re-sign any of these players, unlike what some would lead you to believe.

The Lakers have enticing, young pieces but are caught between the realistic possibility of acquiring Leonard as a free agent next summer and guaranteeing his presence for 2018-19.

JJ Redick #17 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives to the basket against LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Wells Fargo Center on November 27, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. George had only one season remaining on his deal when the Pacers traded him last summer.

Some teams like the Suns, Bulls, or Magic have a decent amount of cap space (and no great point guards), but I would guess the Brooklyn Nets are the most likely destination.

Both players have been rumored to be considering signing with the Los Angeles Lakers.

L.A. reportedly feels some pressure to complete a trade for Leonard in order to convince LeBron James to sign.

To make matters even more dramatic, the Lakers don't have all the time in the world.

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