That's not exactly what the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers want to hear, considering the two teams have hopes of acquiring the superstar before LeBron James makes a decision about his future.
Now that the Lakers were able to get LeBron James to sign, the desperate need to trade for Leonard in order to convince LeBron to sign is no more.
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The Lakers could wait it out and not give up too many assets for Leonard, but doing so may cost them James or other big-name free agents.
It's a tricky spot for the Lakers. Leonard dishing out those comments would make any team executive - not named Magic Johnson - think hard before offering some assets for a potential year-long rental. Leonard might be more likely to sign long-term with the Sixers if they sign LeBron, and LeBron would probably be more likely to sign with Philly if they land Leonard. Los Angeles has the leverage now and it's why they have stated that Kyle Kuzma is off-limits in any Leonard deal. "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". Should one of them work for both sides, and a trade be agreed upon, the Sixers could theoretically blindside the league by adding James in the aftermath.
DeMarcus Cousins has gotten overshadowed a bit as one of the top free agents available in the current National Basketball Association offseason. If the Lakers balk at the Spurs' price for Leonard, perhaps the Spurs deal Leonard elsewhere. There's a chance the race gets pushed forward quickly in the coming days if the Lakers become desperate and offer a treasure trove to the Spurs. With Kawhi's interests in Los Angeles (hometown), it has come to everyone's assumption a possible deal will be placed with Lakers. The Lakers aren't almost as an attractive destination without either Leonard or Paul George, who is expected to sign with either L.A. or the Oklahoma City Thunder as a free agent.