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July 21 2018, 07:54 | Van Peters

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A meaty piece today from ESPN's trio of Adrian Wojnarowski, Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne on the Los Angeles Lakers' race to trade for disgruntled San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard ahead of the start of free agency.

James is reportedly "hesitant" to be the first to commit to the Lakers once the National Basketball Association free agency dominoes begin, but having Leonard on board could make his decision easier. On top of that, there are several other teams with valuable assets that are looking into the possibility of trading for Leonard, including the Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers. A lot of people are convinced LeBron James will sign with the Lakers.

On Tuesday, Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson laughed off the idea of being anxious about the pressure to bring superstars to Los Angeles, citing the number of NBA Finals he played in.

The Lakers were long seen as a destination this summer for James and Paul George, but it no longer seems to be a sure bet that George opts out of his contract with the Thunder by Friday. However, according to this report, the Spurs are willing to trade Leonard to any team - but are also taking their time.

"The Lakers, the franchise that Leonard wants to be traded to, did not have a good initial conversation with the Spurs, ESPN reported recently". The Lakers could have to surrender a combination of former first-round picks - from Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart - and future first-round picks and perhaps restricted free agent Julius Randle in a sign-and-trade agreement.

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If Los Angeles gets Leonard, that'd open the door for LeBron.

The Lakers have been hunting a future first-round draft pick on the trade market in recent days, league sources said.

Last week, Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports reported (via RealGM) that the Spurs aren't interested in Ball because of the "circus" that comes with the 20-year-old.

We know the Celtics made San Antonio an offer in February at the deadline.

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