Philadelphia 76ers: 3 questions surrounding reported offer for Kawhi Leonard

Philadelphia 76ers: 3 questions surrounding reported offer for Kawhi Leonard

Philadelphia 76ers: 3 questions surrounding reported offer for Kawhi Leonard

The old rivals are among the teams discussing a trade with the Spurs for their All-Star forward, ESPN reported Thursday, as the chase for Leonard continues to heat up with the beginning of free agency just days away.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Clippers have also reached out to the Spurs with trade proposals, per the report.

It's always been one of the NBA's worst-kept secrets that, tampering rules be darned, players on different teams frequently discuss the possibility of joining forces.

That came on the heels of a report from ESPN that the Lakers are feeling pressure to acquire Leonard due to their belief that it could impact LeBron's decision-making process.

Leonard is eligible to sign a five-year, $219 million super max contract with the Spurs this summer.

That kind of mentality actually may be reassuring for Lakers fans - perhaps the team is not so hellbent to get James that they would sacrifice young players like Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and Josh Hart or future draft picks.

On the flip side, the Celtics are rumored to be dipping their toe into the water on trade talks for Leonard.

While LeBron James has been busy vacationing in the Caribbean, his camp has been even busier, denying rumors and reports left and right surrounding his client.

The possibility of James and Leonard teaming up with the Lakers does not appear to be directed by the two of them communicating with each other.

The Lakers will be appealing, particularly if they're in win-now mode since players will be able to showcase their game on a big stage.

They have enough assets to make a strong run at the disgruntled Spurs superstar, but understand he is now swathed in question marks.

The bottom line is that Leonard can't control where the Spurs will trade him, and so he might have to wait until the 2019-2020 season if he truly wants to be in Los Angeles.

The Lakers of course aren't the only team that would love to land James. As the San Antonio Express-News' Jabari Young noted, the distraction that attend Zo-namely, LaVar Ball-wouldn't likely be welcome in Gregg Popovich's South Texas kingdom.

"Clearly, LeBron is keeping a very close eye on the Lakers".

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