Lakers-Spurs face-off over Kawhi
It's all getting interesting now. Boston, Cleveland, Philly and LAC have all made trade offers for Kawhi, but if Leonard tells them he'll be a brief rental before signing with the Lakers as a FA, they'll be deterred.
If the Lakers get Kawhi, it seems they're expecting to get LeBron to opt out and head their way. LeBron has until Friday night US time to make the decision re opting out/in.
The Spurs have been holding LAL at arms' length, but if Kawhi damages his trade value elsewhere, it might force them to act.
All the expectations about championships and legacy are creating these desperate superteams. Players either have to join the Warriors or create a viable contender, or they'll dribble out their prime, ringless.
On the Spurs side of the balance, they made the play-offs last season with minimal contribution from Kawhi, so perhaps some decent young pieces could keep them in contention? Lakers contributors, by stats, were:
Randle 16 and 8
Kuzma 16 and 5
Wonder what they think of Ball? He's a circus, but I wonder if Pop would be intrigued?