Trade for Leonard looks like a long shot for Celtics

Trade for Leonard looks like a long shot for Celtics

Trade for Leonard looks like a long shot for Celtics

James, fresh off a 3-1 exit in the NBA Finals vs. the Golden State Warriors, has agreed to a four-year, $154 million deal, according to his agent. He played in just nine games this past season because of the quad problem, and questions about whether he could and should have played more strained his relationship with the Spurs.

The Golden State Warriors are on the attack as the team added DeMarcus Cousins to their lineup, per Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania. He's taking a considerable pay cut at $5.3 million for one year. This year's market had dried up on Cousins, who struggled to find a team willing to give him a long-term contract at the kind of max-level salary that he would've received prior to the injury.

The Warriors will be adding Cousins to a line-up that includes All-Stars Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, as well as a former National Basketball Association finals MVP in Andre Iguodala. Cousins entered free agency after suffering a torn Achilles tendon in late January.

However, the scenario of Leonard becoming a one-year rental might also not appeal to the Spurs, who would run the risk of losing him for a less appealing package than the one the Lakers might be prepared to be offer. Still, the Warriors have experience handling Green (15 technicals) and Durant (14) when they had issues with the officiating.

The news comes less than 48 hours after reports said Cousins planned to meet with New Orleans Pelicans, his old team, and the Los Angeles Lakers, for whom the big man had been considered a likely target after they missed out on Paul George.

LeBron James did not keep anyone waiting this time, as he announced his future on the first day of free agency.

Missing out on Leonard this summer would however leave a lot up to four-time MVP James if they intend to compete for a championship in 2018-19.

It is no surprised based on the strength of the Warriors roster, the team is way over the cap.

Evans, who sat out of Monday's morning shootaround, told Bay Area News Group that he expects to play on Tuesday against Sacramento after feeling improvement in recent days.

And then the Warriors just dropped a bomb on the whole thing.

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