Report: Lakers seen as “significant” threat to sign Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard
Jun 13, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) celebrates with the Larry O’Brien Trophy after the Golden State Warriors in game six of the 2019 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers have been aggressive in seeking a third star after acquiring Anthony Davis in a trade. The team has roughly $32 million in cap space, barely shy of the full max that could be given to a player like Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving.

Leonard is seen as the premier player in this free agency class, coming off an NBA championship and Finals MVP in his first season with the Toronto Raptors.

For months, the consensus has been that the Raptors and LA Clippers are in a two-man race to sign the superstar forward. But as free agency approaches, it appears as though the Lakers have significantly closed that gap.

According to the New York Times’ Marc Stein, league insiders now believe the Lakers pose a significant threat to sign Leonard away from the Raptors and Clippers.

The Lakers are expected to meet with Kawhi at the onset of free agency and Magic Johnson may be (informally) involved. Both LeBron James and Anthony Davis are also expected to recruit the superstar.

Clearly, signing Kawhi would be a steal for the Lakers who would then have the most talented big three in the NBA and possibly the most loaded frontcourt in NBA history. In previous weeks, the odds of that occurring seemed to be slim but as we near free agency, it is becoming apparent that there is real momentum for the Lakers to pull off the coup.

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