Both teams also believe a Leonard trade would likely clinch a commitment from LeBron James to join the Lakers as a free agent, per ESPN. James has until Friday at 11:59 ET to decline Dansby Swanson Youth Jersey his player option with the Cleveland Cavaliers to become an unrestricted free agent.
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It had been reported by ESPN that the Lakers were feeling pressure to quickly land Leonard in an effort to lure James, who is reportedly hesitant to join the team without another star in place.

If they are able to trade for Leonard, that might involve trading away Deng’s contract, and removing that salary cap hit from their books outright. That move would also open the door to sign two free agents to maximum deals in addition to Leonard. It could clear the way for the Lakers to add Leonard, LeBron James and Paul George for next season.

(This was Sunday, in the ACB final against Baskonia.) He’s a huge offensive talent who can be plugged in right away play next to De’Aaron Fox, last year’s first round pick, and give the Kings another ballhandler, either at the two or three depending on matchups. They want and need someone who can take some of that responsibility off of Fox, and who can run with and finish alongside him. You could take Bagley here and you hear that Vivek Ranadive is leaning in that direction. But, for me, Doncic makes more sense for the Kings. Will Doncic struggle on D? Yes. Are the Kings the ’85 Bears? No. So don’t worry about that now and take the offensive talent, which is ready to make the move across the pond. And, don’t insult him. Cincinnati Bengals Jersey Write this on your IPad 1,000 times: he is not Darko. he is not Darko. he is not Darko.

Steve Kerr and Bob Myers have both said that the Warriors need this pick to play next season—there will be no stashing or selling. Given that, Trent, Jr. would be a good value here with some upside, rather than reaching on a young big that will need more time to develop. (It’s almost a given by now that the Warriors will buy a second-round pick from someone, anyway, which would allow them to take a flier on a young four or five.)