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NBA Rumors: Kawhi Leonard, Avery Bradley, DeAndre Jordan, Elfrid Payton

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Teams are jockeying for position before the major dominos fall.

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Rumors surrounding the start of NBA Free Agency continue to heat up with possible trades in the works, superstars teaming up, and decisions on soon-to-be free agents being made. Let’s take a look around the league as July 1 creeps closer and closer.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Brian Windhorst, and Ramona Shelburne are reporting the scramble is on to secure a trade for San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard:

There’s a race to secure Leonard before James is faced with deciding whether to become a free agent on Friday, especially with concern that Oklahoma City’s Paul George is no longer assured of signing with the Lakers, league sources said.

Another preference by James that could impact free agency, league sources said, is that he wants to make a decision quickly in July free agency.

The Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers and LA Clippers are among teams who have made offers to the Spurs for Leonard, league sources said. The Lakers, the franchise Leonard wants to be traded to, did not have an encouraging initial conversation with the Spurs, ESPN reported recently.

The Los Angeles Lakers seem to be looking at every available option to entice the Spurs, according to Wojnarowski:

Shelburne says the Lakers began talking to the Spurs as of Wednesday evening:

The Dallas Mavericks are clearing some cap space, at least for the moment, by rescinding the qualifying offer from Doug McDermott, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN:

Dallas may be looking at Round 2 with DeAndre Jordan, three years after Jordan spurned the Mavericks at the very last minute to stay with the Los Angeles Clippers, Marc Stein of the New York Times reports:

The Phoenix Suns are cutting ties with Elfrid Payton and Alex Len to create some cap space of their own, according to Scott Bordow of azcentral.com:

Marc Stein says the Memphis Grizzlies have Avery Bradley as a free-agent target:

Our other rumors are on the coaching side. Former Portland Trail Blazer Robert Pack looks to be in line to get hired by the Washington Wizards as an assistant, according to Stein:

After making it to the Western Conference Finals, Mike D’Antoni of the Houston Rockets has had his option picked up for the 2019-20 season, according to Mark Berman of Fox 26:

Finally, commissioner Adam Silver has signed an extension to remain in his role through 2023-24: