With LeBron James officially announcing his signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, all eyes in the NBA now turn to Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs. What's going to happen with the All-NBA forward moving forward? Will he too end up in Los Angeles?
According to reports, Leonard remains focused on doing just that. ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Kawhi is still intent on becoming a Laker.
ESPN's Stephen A. Smith had a somewhat major update on the situation last night, too.
Smith says that GMs around the league have told him they would not be surprised if Leonard decides to sit out the 2018-19 season if he's not traded.
That's not all. Smith is also reporting that the Lakers are unwilling to include Kyle Kuzma in a package for Leonard.
It's unclear what the Lakers would be willing to give up in a deal. Los Angeles also has Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and future draft picks, all of which should be enticing for the Spurs.
San Antonio is probably going to be patient moving forward with Leonard. There doesn't seem to be a need to rush this. Perhaps the Lakers or the Sixers or someone else will present the Spurs with a package they can't turn down for Kawhi, but until then, he'll likely remain a disgruntled member of the franchise.