Spurs Rumors: Kawhi Leonard willing to sit out, wait for Los Angeles

Cleveland Cavaliers Le Bron James watches during the first half of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Cleveland

Cleveland Cavaliers Le Bron James watches during the first half of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Cleveland

The Lakers have enough on their roster to make a trade for Leonard, but it's unclear if they'll be willing to do it.

It's just day one of the National Basketball Association free-agency but the Los Angeles Lakers have already come out of it as the biggest winners after securing the services of LeBron James - the most sought-after superstar in the market. Maybe James will be OK with mentoring a bunch of young guys - and likely some vets who sign in order to play with him - and waiting for a trade or next summer's free agency to bring a genuine co-star.

Magic Johnson said earlier this week that he'd step down as team president if the Lakers can't land some big-name free agents by next summer. Also, with LeBron James on free agency, Lakers must be in a rush to get Kawhi before James's decision.

George opted out of his contract with Oklahoma City on Thursday and James has until Friday to decide if he'll stay with the Cavaliers.

UPDATE (1:30 p.m. ET): The Philadelphia 76ers have engaged the San Antonio Spurs in trade talks for Kawhi Leonard, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday.

Lakers are in urge to trade for arguably the best two-way player in the league, Kawhi Leonard, and one of the greatest to ever play, LeBron James.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi’s exit sends Twitter into overdrive
Messi did ride to their rescue with a superb opening goal to help squeeze past Nigeria 2-1 to set up a meeting with France . Back then, Portugal lost to France and eventually finished fourth after losing to Germany in the consolation game.

But, of course, agreeing to a deal with the Spurs for Leonard is still a big "if".

The decision to decline the option for 2018-19 was expected by James because it gives him more options, which includes him re-signing with the Cavs, who can offer him a five-year, $209 million contract.

The Leonard saga is far from over it seems, and will continue into the first week of July.

James' camp and the Cavaliers' front office have maintained a dialogue since the season ended, sources said.

Los Angeles will also open up for James more opportunities for his business ventures and social activism. Going to the Lakers is not quite as safe - he is joining a storied franchise with championship expectations and he will have to battle Golden State and Houston just for the chance to compete for another ring.

He could still re-sign with Cleveland, although the strong current from national media is James appears ready to move again.

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