LeBron James Could Reportedly Sign With The Lakers Before Another Star Arrives

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According to ESPN, the team feels pressure to get a deal done before Friday when LeBron James will be forced to make a decision regarding the final year of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. And with ESPN reporting that James "remains hesitant" to be the first superstar to sign this summer, the situation could turn the Lakers more proactive.

The Spurs could find themselves driving up the price for Leonard, as teams grow desperate to trade for him as a means to land James or George.

Meanwhile, the Lakers reportedly are feeling increased pressure to complete a trade with the Spurs in order to lure James into signing.

ESPN reports that the Lakers are weighing how much to give up for Leonard, who, it has been reported, wants to be traded to the Lakers and eventually plans to sign with them when he becomes a free agent in 2019.

What exactly would that offer be? Kuzma was one of the NBA's best rookies last season, tied for the team lead with 16.1 points per game after being taken with the 27th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Many believe that they will join forces in Los Angeles, but there is a growing belief around the National Basketball Association that George might end up staying with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and if that does happen, could change James decision.

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The latest ESPN story suggested that former first-round pick Josh Hart could be involved in a trade with the Spurs. That pick could be used to sweeten a prospective trade opportunity.

The report does not, however, mention Lonzo Ball.

Another layer is the Spurs' pace at which they may look to trade the 26-year-old.

"The thing that would make me very excited is if LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard came to the Lakers".

The Leonard rumors are starting to really heat up, and expect the Celtics to be right in the middle of it all until San Antonio actually pulls the trigger.

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