Lonzo Ball could be reason the Lakers don't get Kawhi Leonard

Los Angeles Lakers under pressure to pull off Kawhi Leonard trade: report

The Lakers are expected to also pursue All-Star forwards LeBron James and Paul George if they enter free agency, but the report states that James would be hesitant to commit to a deal with Los Angeles without assurances that other superstars will be joining him.

Leonard, who wants the Spurs to trade him, reportedly would prefer to head to the Lakers.

Only three days ago, ESPN reported that "pressure is mounting" for the Lakers to deal for Leonard.

The Lakers have been weighing the conservation of young assets and future draft picks against the possibility of getting shut out in free agency. James does not appears like he will exercise his player option to re-sign with the Cavaliers, making him the most desired unrestricted free agent player in the market with the Lakers being the top favorites to acquire him. Nevertheless, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith said Thursday that James "reached out to Kevin Durant via text, from what I'm told, about coming to Los Angeles". Instead, it's the San Antonio Spurs, who still control Leonard through the 2018-2019 season, who will make the final call. According to Ben, all of the young players on the Lakers are bad and would not constitute a big enough haul from the Lakers. He likely wants Paul George and/or Kawhi Leonard to be in the boat first before he signs with the Purple and Gold. There's no timetable on when anything will happen, but with LeBron James' opt-out, could the Lakers rush for a conclusion and put together their superteam?

While the National Basketball Association free agency window has officially opened, trade rumors involving Kawhi Leonard have not taken a backseat quite yet.

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Still, the Lakers continue to pester San Antonio about the former NBA Finals MVP.

It's no surprise to hear rumors and reports about players planning to potentially join forces when they get the chance.

Leonard made an understandable intentions of desiring to be traded from the Spurs earlier this month, with the L.A. Lakers being his most preferred franchise. Philadelphia has the combination of unproven prospects, draft picks and capable players that might be able to get a deal done. Still, sending Leonard not only to a Western Conference foe but a rival as well will be a tough pill to swallow.

When the trade for Leonard is announced, expect the Spurs to be genuinely smiling at their good fortune.

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