While LeBron James and Paul George have been the most talked about superstars, a new name has seriously entered the fray in Kawhi Leonard.
"Reports are he wants to play for the Lakers".
James can still opt into the a year ago of his contract which is worth $35.6 million - he has until June 29 to do so but the expectation is that he'll choose against it and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.
The Knicks wouldn't have a chance at getting Leonard if they wanted to get him in a trade. Most teams trading away a star would prefer to deal him to the opposite conference so they can play against them less.
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Walker was rumored to be a target of the Cavs prior to this year's trade deadline, but the Cavs eventually opted for the Lakers package of Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., as well as the trades for Rodney Hood and George Hill.
The Spurs may want Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and Josh Hart - as well as the Lakers' first-round pick (which came from the Cavs). The Lakers would have a tough time competing with that offer.
Either way, the Leonard trade rumors just got a lot more intriguing on Causeway Street.
Kawhi Leonard had just dropped 32 points in Philadelphia, splashing jumper after jumper over Robert Covington in a game the Spurs won, 111-103. A significant trade was made on draft night in 2017, with Jimmy Butler going to the Minnesota Timberwolves, and Leonard could be the big name on the move this year.
The Cavaliers' best asset is the Brooklyn Nets' pick at No. 8 while they also have Kevin Love on a $24 million deal for 18-19 and $25 million for 19-20.