Additionally, there have been a number of rumors surrounding the team's pursuit of San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard.
Marc Stein, of The New York Times, reported Thursday morning the Spurs do not have to trade their franchise star any time soon, but they are ready to move on from the Leonard saga that has dragged on for months. At that same token, it looks like James has other factors that will weigh into the situation much further than another All-Star joining him there. This has put the likes of the Lakers in the picture given that he has a home out in the Los Angeles area.
At this stage, there are so many different things flying around that it's hard to know exactly what to believe.
What's this "Godfather" offer from the Lakers? Julius Randle remains an option, as well, but would require a sign-and-trade since he's eligible to hit restricted free agency. Also, with LeBron James on free agency, Lakers must be in a rush to get Kawhi before James's decision. First round picks are also viable.
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The likes of Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma are likely to be made available in talks and it'll be interesting to see if the Spurs believe their talent is good enough to give up their biggest asset. They could even keep Leonard on the roster for the start of the regular season and send him elsewhere before the trade deadline, though that's looking less likely by the day.
Paul George is set to be one of the more intriguing free agent options in the National Basketball Association if he decides to opt out of his deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Hart adds guard depth at an increasingly younger position for the Spurs.
Meanwhile, the Celtics have the assets that the Spurs most covet in a potential blockbuster trade for Kawhi. Reportedly, Leonard is skeptical of playing with James because of the attention and spotlight that James brings as well, but the validity is unknown.