76ers weighing trade packages for Kawhi Leonard

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The Los Angeles Lakers are now doing salary cap gymnastics, jumping through hoops as they try to land as many superstars as possible.

The Lakers have until 11:59 p.m. on Friday for James to opt in or out of his contract, which has implications about Los Angeles signing him outright or having to trade for him.

Because Faried, Arthur and Chandler all have expiring contracts, the Lakers could still be players in the summer of 2019.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Thursday that Boston is one of the teams that have engaged in trade talks with the Spurs. Maybe James doesn't come, and the Lakers have to settle for Plan B. And what if Leonard becomes smitten with wherever he's traded and decides to re-sign there next season?

The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly discussing a trade for Kawhi Leonard with the San Antonio Spurs, with the hopes that landing Leonard will get them LeBron James in free agency. The reasoning, according to the trio, is that both teams believe that sending Leonard to LA would also clinch a commitment from James who is still mulling his options for free agency now.




"If the Lakers can close the deal in that meeting, they have a great chance of stealing LeBron James away from the Cavaliers". Both Vardon and ESPN's Zach Lowe refuted that report. The team has also held off on signing 25th overall pick Mo Wagner in order to be able to potentially include his draft rights in any deal.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, "they're ready" to move on from the superstar and explore a trade.

The 76ers stand as a third and seemingly distant runner-up for James. The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reported that there has always been discussion around the league about the 76ers adding James and Leonard this offseason. As ESPN's Brian Windhorst has stated, there is a pool of teams that seem like likely destinations for James.

Either way, the Purple and Gold would probably prefer not to part ways with all of their top prospects in the process of putting together the NBA's next "super team".

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