Lakers Trade Offers for Kawhi Leonard 'Unacceptable'

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A first-time unrestricted free agent, Cousins might be a stronger target for the LeBron James-seeking Lakers after free-agent guard Paul George chose to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The key to getting LeBron James may now be Kawhi Leonard, and the Los Angeles Lakers are going for it.

Citing a Reddit post that documented his recent Sirius XM appearance, Clutch Points wrote that former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin believes that Cousins will be signing with the Lakers this offseason.

Not everyone is taking DeMarcus Cousins' decision to join the Golden State Warriors on a one-year deal in free agency lightly. The Lakers, Celtics and Clippers are among the other teams that have engaged in talks.

It's a tricky spot for the Lakers. The Lakers, who have rebuilt over the last three years, likely have the assets to put together a package for Leonard, but it would rob them of their depth and young core.

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There is a huge amount of excitement around the city of Los Angeles for the possibility that James could be headed to the Lakers . Whether or not they play out is one thing, but to say players don't at least engage each other on the subject is another.

The question now is whether the Lakers even have enough to convince the San Antonio Spurs to send Leonard there. The Sixers are certainly in the running, and if they could land Leonard, possibly by parting with Dario Saric and Robert Covington as well as a future first-round pick to the Spurs, it's a risk. "But my gut feeling is that Kawhi Leonard won't get traded until the trade deadline during the season, and nothing happens at all this summer".

The move gives Cousins an outstanding chance to recover from his injury, show he is healthy and rejoin the free-agent market again next summer. Bosh hasn't played in an National Basketball Association game since February 9th, 2016 and is now 34 years old.

The Sixers on Sunday will get a crack at selling James' agent on the idea. If the Lakers balk at the Spurs' price for Leonard, perhaps the Spurs deal Leonard elsewhere.

The problem for Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka appears to be that the Spurs are uninterested in some of the current assets the Lakers have to offer. Perhaps Boogie can do the same for the vaunted Warriors via free agency.

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