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76ers confident in acquiring Leonard to land James

76ers confident in acquiring Leonard to land James

Earlier this week, league sources suggested the four-time MVP wants to make a decision quickly in July, meaning the Lakers might not have enough time to convince the Spurs to trade Leonard.

However, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes, the Lakers' crosstown rival are continuing to pursue the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Los Angeles considered itself a lock to sign 2018 free agent Paul George when his former team, the Indiana Pacers, traded him last summer.

As for Embiid and Simmons, it's obvious why they would be excluded from any trade.

The Lakers could be in a position of power because it's been well-documented that Leonard wants to be in L.A. a year from now.

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They've never publicly wavered in their support of last year's No. 1 overall pick, even throughout the mysterious saga involving his right shoulder injury and broken jump shot.

One day before the start of National Basketball Association free agency, Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs turned 27 years old on Friday, and it is no secret what his birthday wish is.

"Throughout the season, it was making sure he felt 100 per cent before he returned". Whether that is true or San Antonio just want to use Philly for leverage is up for debate, but the Sixers are at least at the table. Because the Spurs risk losing Leonard for nothing, they do not have to take the best trade proposal, just a good one for Leonard. By giving what the Spurs would like (young stars, draft picks), the C's might be able to make a better run for a championship this season. Irving had a list of teams he preferred playing for and the Celtics were not one of them, however, he seems very happy with the Celtics as reports state he is "motivated" to sign an extension with the team. His future, especially his jumper, is still a major question mark, and he could help the Sixers land a known star (when healthy) in Leonard. Sound familiar? This is, to a tee, the same situation Kawhi Leonard is in now. Boston might be unwilling to match San Antonio's asking price since they are already a title contender, and the Spurs would likely prefer to send Leonard somewhere other than Los Angeles if they can get an appealing package. The notion that the Clippers are a dark horse to acquire Kawhi Leonard can not be ignored.


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