The NBA Trade and Free Agency season, 2018 is just a couple weeks away and the Los Angeles Lakers are licking their chops in anticipation. Among a long list of All-Star free agents supposedly wanting to join the storied L.A. franchise—including LeBron James and Paul George—comes a new contender: San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard.
San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard has Los Angeles — preferably the Lakers — at the center of his preferences for a trade destination, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 15, 2018
As Wojnarowski mentions, San Antonio would need to trade Leonard to accommodate the rumored wishes. He has two years remaining on his current deal at $20 million and $21.3 million. The second season is a player option. This provides impetus for the Spurs to deal him. If they know he wants to leave, he can become an unrestricted free agent next year.
Ever the joker and Prophet of Doom for soccer moms, Bill Simmons chimes in:
I have a terrible feeling that the Lakers are gonna end up with LeBron, Kawhi and Dame next season.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) June 15, 2018