ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst reported that despite the Spurs' attempts to make peace with their disgruntled star, an overwhelming offer from the Lakers could spark a deal.
The trio of reporters also mentioned that the Lakers are receiving pressure to acquire Leonard before James thinks about committing to signing with them.
Since his return in 2014, LeBron became the youngest player to score 30,000 career points and extended his streak to eight straight appearances in the NBA Finals. The two Cavs with most trade value are Kevin Love and Collin Sexton. Though the situation differed in some ways (Irving had two years remaining on his contract, not one), the now former Cleveland Cavaliers star hadn't considered Boston a primary choice amongst possible destinations.
San Antonio would prefer to bring back the two-time National Basketball Association defensive player of the year and 2014 Finals MVP, with a contract extension worth over $200 million somewhere on the table, but Leonard distanced himself from the team last season while missing most of it with a mysteriously stubborn thigh injury.
That point was hammered home even more during the All-Star Game when James selected Irving to play for his team during the first-ever draft.
Momentum has been building for a while now for LeBron James to go to Los Angeles.
"I'm Magic Johnson, I'm still the same dude", Johnson said.
That's when players have to exercise their opt-out options, and if the Lakers can land Leonard before the deadline, they're hoping it convinces LeBron James to take his talents to La-La Land and potentially bring free agent Paul George with him.
The NBA season has come to an end, and with it, the much-anticipated summer of Lebron James has arrived.