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The Lakers, Spurs Have 'Re-Engaged' On Kawhi Leonard Trade

A view of Kawhi Leonard crouching down from the side.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs appear to be making some progress on a potential trade for All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard, according to a new report by ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

ESPN's NBA insider is now reporting that the Lakers and Spurs have "re-engaged" on trade talks for Leonard. San Antonio had previously "shut the door" on discussions with Los Angeles and appeared set on moving him to the Eastern Conference. That is no longer the case.

The Lakers, at this point, might be the favorite to trade for Leonard. And it's looking like a move could come soon.

"Update from this morning’s story. The Lakers re-engaged the Spurs Wednesday in aggressively pursuing Kawhi Leonard. Story w/ Adrian Wojnarowski coming shortly on ESPN. This is the first contact between the teams since the Spurs “shut the door” on them after an initial call," Shelburne reports.

"This is the first communication between the teams since the Spurs “shut the door” on the Lakers initial call."

The Lakers had reportedly been feeling "pressure" to make a trade for Kawhi ahead of LeBron's Friday opt-in deadline.

If Los Angeles can pull off a move for Kawhi, a signing from LeBron could follow. Stay tuned.