Now, the success of those talks is really a matter of your source.
According to a new report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst, Boston has sent another trade offer to the San Antonio Spurs for their disgruntled superstar. It has always been expected that Brown would have to be the centerpiece of any Boston package for Leonard, along with next year's Sacramento pick. Leonard is still under contract for another season, but the Spurs, if indeed moving forward with the trade, would benefit most if Leonard was traded sooner rather than later.
There are those that believe Philadelphia remains a long shot to sign James, even if they do pull off a trade with San Antonio. But based on previous behavior, the Celtics are unlikely to overpay for Leonard.More news: Retiring Justice Kennedy left his mark on American society
Yeah, parting with Tatum?
Following the conclusion of the NBA Draft last week, Cleveland general manager Koby Altman said the Cavs have had "good dialogue" with James' management team.
On its social media pages, the Spurs shared, "Happy Birthday, Kawhi #GoSpursGo". The Lakers are reportedly "racing" to acquire Kawhi before Friday at 11:59pm ET, which is when LeBron James will have to inform the Cleveland Cavaliers whether he's opting out of the final year of his contract. Sixers head coach Brett Brown told reporters that Thursday evening.More news: Argentina take player power to new level ahead of Nigeria clash
Less than 24 hours later, National Basketball Association reporter Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com said LeBron informed the Cavaliers he will not exercise his $35.6 million option, becoming an unrestricted free agent. It seems, however, that the Lakers are willing to part with more than the Celtics.at least for now.
Without assurances that Leonard would sign a long-term extension, however, it's unlikely the Celtics would want to sacrifice the normal asking price for a top-five player and MVP candidate like Leonard. Sports' Jordan Schultz, Leonard has reached out to James to say that he would like to play with him.More news: James Harden wins his first NBA Most Valuable Player award