Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Trade for Leonard looks like a long shot for Celtics

Trade for Leonard looks like a long shot for Celtics

On June 15, Yahoo Sports reported that Leonard, 26, wanted to be traded from the Spurs organization, and trade talks with San Antonio regarding Leonard reportedly picked up steam Thursday, with the Lakers expressing interest in a deal.

The Warriors signed DeMarcus Cousins to an astonishingly cheap one-year, $5.3 million deal.

They've missed the playoffs in five consecutive seasons and they're looking for the game's biggest superstars to come in and alter their fortunes. "That's my own personal goal, so we'll see what happens".

This could be a defining week coming up for Los Angeles and it may all start before free agency.

The Pelicans and Lakers each called center DeMarcus Cousins after free agency began early Sunday morning, and Cousins is expected to schedule meetings with both teams, according to The Undefeated.

Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who was born and raised in Long Beach, Calif., has apparently informed Lakers president Magic Johnson that he could potentially help recruit James to the team, which he did in this tweet.

There's a decent case to be made that every single one of those guys is a top 15 player in this league, and now they're all on the same team. The Sixers are certainly in the running, and if they could land Leonard, possibly by parting with Dario Saric and Robert Covington as well as a future first-round pick to the Spurs, it's a risk.

As it stands, it's hard to argue that the team James left behind in Cleveland doesn't have more talent than the one he has inherited in Southern California. Philadelphia would risk losing him in 2019 when he can become a free agent. The Lakers aren't almost as an attractive destination without either Leonard or Paul George, who is expected to sign with either L.A. or the Oklahoma City Thunder as a free agent. "She [team controlling owner Jeanie Buss] won't have to fire me, I'll step away from it, because [then] I can't do this job".

He's documented aspects of his rehabilitation process on his social media accounts over the past few months and Pelicans general manager Dell Demps told reporters in June that Cousins is "right on schedule" in his recovery.

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