LeBron James might be heading to the Lakers this summer. That's what most people think is going to happen, anyway. The oddsmakers have listed Los Angeles as the favorite to land the NBA's best player in free agency.
There appears to be one thing that could potentially prevent this from happening, though. Well, it's kind of actually two things. Those two things: Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
James does not want to be the only star player heading to Los Angeles this summer. It's possible he would be if he chooses the Lakers, too.
ESPN reported this morning that the Lakers are feeling a growing pressure to trade for Leonard before James' opt-in deadline on Friday. If James decides to opt in on Friday, it seems unlikely he could find a way to Los Angeles.
James is "hesitant" to become the first star to go to Los Angeles, says ESPN.
"As LeBron James remains hesitant to be the first superstar to decide on the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency, pressure is mounting for the Lakers front office to execute a trade with the San Antonio Spurs to acquire disgruntled All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard, league sources told ESPN," ESPN reports.
If the Lakers are unable to trade for Leonard, it could mean missing out on LeBron.
Paul George was thought by many to be a lock to land in L.A. this summer, but the Oklahoma City Thunder are reportedly growing increasingly optimistic about their ability to retain him.
LeBron's camp is reportedly worried he won't be coming.
"Conversely, there’s pessimism in James’ camp that George would leave Oklahoma City. George has raved about the Thunder since the beginning, making it clear to USA TODAY Sports in September that the organization had earned his confidence from the start," USA TODAY reports.
So, keep your eye on Kawhi and George going forward. If one of them ends up landing with the Lakers, LeBron probably isn't far behind.