Spurs and Lakers believe Kawhi Leonard trade clinches LeBron to LA

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The Spurs are clearly open to making a deal in the short-term, but remain in pursuit of a major return of assets for Leonard, a two-time first-team All-NBA player.

Is the Kawhi Leonard rumor mill turning into a full-on Celtics-Lakers arms race?

ESPN reports that the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers and LA Clippers have made offers to San Antonio for Kawhi.

According to the report: "The stakes on these talks are enormous because the teams believe a deal for Leonard would likely clinch a free-agent commitment out of LeBron James to the Lakers". Josh Hart, who was taken at the end of the 2017 first round, could also be included in a potential trade. But based on previous behavior, the Celtics are unlikely to overpay for Leonard.

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The Spurs are believed to be demanding a package of assets more favourable than those used in trades for Paul George and Kyrie Irving in recent seasons. "How do you acquire things that can attract stars and develop stars?" "That pick might be the key to all of this".

That said, sources told SI that Philadelphia expressed how highly it values Saric and Covington in trade negotiations leading up to and during the draft. From hot free agents, big trade packages, the whole of National Basketball Association is on edge.

"BSO sources are telling us the Godfather offer will include at least two of the following four players and possibly three". The exact package is unknown, but teams fear they can't match it. With Kawhi's interests in Los Angeles (hometown), it has come to everyone's assumption a possible deal will be placed with Lakers. Leonard played in only nine games this season, scoring 16.2 points a night, well below his average of 25.5 in 2016-17.

The move to Boston would also get Leonard out of the Western Conference which the Spurs prefer, but Leonard's advisers have said he only intends to sign a long-term deal with a Los Angeles team.

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