Spurs want packages around Kyrie Irving, Brandon Ingram from Celtics, Lakers

Lynette Rowe
June 28, 2018

The Cavaliers have been working on several trade and cap clearing moves to be aggressive in free agency, but have been stymied in attempts to meet or discuss scenarios with James. When healthy, Leonard has proven to be one of the league's top players, and always seems capable of being in the conversation for the MVP award, which is why it really isn't a surprise to see all these teams expressing interest.

The Cavs are trying to add to their roster, but have found tough sledding in trying to make a deal that would add a star, such as Kawhi Leonard or Chris Paul. This automatically disqualifies them from going with the potential James-George combination. LeBron could reasonably decide that joining the Houston Rockets' two superstars on the team that nearly knocked off Golden State offers him his best chance to get a ring, in spite of the questionable fit both money-wise and style-wise. There is another heavy hitter they could pursue who has been to four All-Star games, has twice made the All-NBA 2nd team and has averaged 25.9 points, 11.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game the last four seasons.

Irving might just be preparing for the scenario in which that happens, but most likely he's just paying respect to another superstar who had a remarkable year.

He's been discussed somewhat as a potential target for the Lakers the last few years, albeit not almost as much as Lebron or Paul George. However, he wasn't really the high fly act he used to be when he earned the nickname "The Human Highlight Film".

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It's him every year, though, in that regard. They'd likely be happy to deal some of their young players like Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma if they were certain they could land two of the three with LeBron, Leonard, and Paul George, but that does not appear to be a guarantee at this time.

It looks as if the mooted sequel to Space Jam is potentially edging forward later this year, with basketball star LeBron James still very much at the heart of the project.

Perhaps the Lakers could offer him a two-year deal, with the second year being a team option.

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